Review Article

Electrical stimulation for upper motor function recovery in stroke patients a review

I. O. Sorinola
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 61, No 1 | a168 | DOI: | © 2005 I. O. Sorinola | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 January 2005 | Published: 09 January 2005

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I. O. Sorinola, Biomedical Research Kings College London, Department of Physiotherapy, College Of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria

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The use of electrical stimulation to promote recovery follow-
ing pathological disorders dates back to the first discovery of electrical
current. However, the evidence for its use for promoting recovery following stroke is not well understood. Different types of research have been undertaken to investigate its effect on stroke recovery with different outcomes. This review is an attempt to highlight what is currently known about the effect of electrical stimulation on motor function recovery after stroke and to point out the areas needing research clarification.


stroke; electrical stimulation; motor functions; plasticity; functional ability


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