Shocking advance in stroke therapy: New system is portable and uses electrodes to stimulate paralyzed muscles

The State Journal Register, Peoria IL

One minute, retired farmer Scott Tippey of Lewistown, Ill., was working out in the yard with his wife, picking up fallen tree limbs. The next minute, he felt dizzy and Karen Tippey was rushing him to the emergency room. She recognized the signs of a stroke.

“I didn’t even call 911. I knew I could get him there faster,” said Karen Tippey.

Less than a week later, Scott Tippey was still in the hospital. However, he was on the road to recovery and taking advantage of a new hand rehabilitation system, which was used to help re-educate the muscles in his left arm and hand.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., but the first leading cause of serious long-term disability. Every year, about 795,000 people suffer a stroke, and nearly 3/4 of these attacks occur with people older than 65.

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