Video Games Can Help Stroke Victims

Monica Robins, WKYC

Researchers at Cleveland Clinic are currently conducting a study to investigate the effectiveness of tele-rehabilitation in stroke patients.

According to the CDC, nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke each year. Stroke is the number one cause of long-term disability in the U.S.

After a stroke, patients need to undergo rehabilitation to help advance recovery, but access to such services can be difficult for patients who rely on others for transportation to and from appointments and for those where rehab is geographically unavailable.  

Cleveland Clinic is looking to find ways to improve the hand and arm use of these patients through the use of a device that helps move the hand and wrist repeatedly.

Recruitment has begun for a three-year NIH-funded study as part of a Challenge grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

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