Clinical Team Lead, Senior Physical Therapist Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Crete, Illinois
Transcranial direct current stimulation is emerging as a promising adjuvant modality to capitalize on the neuroplasticity of the damaged brain. The clinical advantages of tDCS, such as low cost, safety, portability, easy-to-use technique, and tolerability, have created a rising surge in clinical, research and public interest. However, information on steps to translate tDCS for clinical use remains limited. In this symposium, we will present an overview of studies involving tDCS for adults with hemiparetic stroke. We will provide emerging data from our ongoing study that utilized tDCS for walking recovery in a clinical stroke setting. We will discuss challenges, opportunities, and perceptions that need to be addressed before utilization of tDCS as a clinical tool.
Participant will evaluate the technique of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and its relevance to neurorehabilitation
Assess the physiological mechanisms of tDCS and how it affects functional outcomes
Participants will describe the clinical benefits, limitations, and patient/therapist perceptions to improve gait in stroke survivors