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Calling All Stroke Survivors: Research Studies Offer New Treatments

Are you a stroke survivor?

MetroHealth researchers are seeking volunteers to participate in stroke research studies for improvement of hand and arm function, leg function or shoulder pain.  Most studies include physical or occupational therapy treatments free of charge to participants along with the study treatment.

For details about specific studies, please click the name of each study listed below or contact us at 216-778-5347 or mmaloney@metrohealth.org .

Transporation is provided for those participants that live within a one hour drive from MetroHealth Medical Center.

Are you recovering from a stroke? Still experiencing pain?
Dr. Wilson states the importance of starting therapy as soon as possible after experiencing a stroke,
“It [therapy] can sometimes help the brain to rewire itself to recover lost function. Generally therapy involves repetitive tasks, to remind the brain and the muscles how things work.”

Current Studies

Funded by the National Institutes of Health
Electrical Stimulation for Hand Function
This study compares the effects of 12 weeks of Cyclic FES vs. Contralaterally Controlled FES (CCFES).

We need patients who:
  • Are at least 6 months post-stroke
  • Have some UE movement, but have less-than-normal hand function
  • Have completed all occupational therapy

Mental Practice Hand Study

This study compares results of UE task practice with mental imaging versus UE task practice with relaxation techniques.

We need patients who:
  • At least 6 months post-stroke
  • Have been discharged from all forms of physical rehabilitation
  • Have at least minimal wrist and hand movement

Electrical Stimulation for Recurrent Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain
This study involves using Intramuscular Electrical Stimulation to reduce shoulder pain. The second stage involves an implanted system.

We need patients who:
  • Have had shoulder pain for at least 3 months following a stroke and are 18 months post-stroke
  • Are not currently receiving PT/OT for shoulder pain

Did you know? 60% of those who have experienced a moderate to severe stroke have shoulder pain

What does the electrical stimulator do? Makes the muscles contract and relax, alternating every 30 seconds

"The portable electrical stimulator approach has improved pain on a long-term basis for 60-70% of the patients treated." -Dr. Wilson, Stroke Rehabilitation


Electrical Stimulation for Arm and Hand Function (Subacute)

This study involves using Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation to improve hand function in patients less than or equal to 2 years post stroke. The study will compare the effects of 12 weeks of Cyclic FES versus Contralaterally Controlled FES (CCFES) for the arm and hand in patients less than or equal to 2 years post stroke.

We need patients who:
  • Are less than or equal to 2 years post stroke
  • Have some UE movement, but have less-than-normal hand function

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