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This study evaluates a new rehabilitation approach for stroke survivors in the chronic phase of recovery in which the combination of drug therapy (cyproheptadine) and active movement practice (AMP) is used to encourage increased voluntary muscle control and strength.
The purpose of this study is to investigate a new use of an allergy medicine,to reduce spasticity and muscle hyperexcitability and to evaluate the effectiveness of a new therapy using active practice of your arm and hand compared to passive stretching.
Age Range 21 - 80
The purpose of skeletal muscle is to produce force and, ultimately, movement. As such, this highly specialized tissue has been studied extensively by bioengineers.
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) come to us for inpatient, outpatient or day rehabilitation. We also offer guidance on diet, support groups and assistive devices.
Our rehabilitation treatment plans for Parkinson's Disease & Neurologic Conditions improve the ability to move, think clearly and speak with greater volume.
Through our Adult Spina Bifida Clinic, we specialize in helping individuals with spina bifida as they transition from pediatric to adult care.
Spasticity rehabilitation aids children and adults who experience functional loss, contracture and pain due to CP, MS, brain/spinal cord injuries or stroke.
This research survey is designed to help researchers understand how spasticity affects daily life and functioning of persons with SCI. Researchers will characterize the various problematic manifestations of spasticity (e.g., spasms when at rest, spasms evoked by movement, clonus, stiffness, sleep disturbance, discomfort, pain); the beneficial effects of spasticity (e.g., assistance with transfers, standing, positioning, walking, etc.) and the preferred management strategies (e.g., physical therapeutics, oral pharmaceuticals, intrathecal baclofen, nerve blockades, etc.).
Medical Director, Center for Stroke Rehabilitation
Wesley and Suzanne Dixon Stroke Chair