Application Value of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Stroke Patients
Author(s): Usman Haq, Alishba Aftab, Mohammad Hamza Bin Abdul Malik, Ali Haq, Muhammad Awais Bin Abdul Malik, Amna Rashid
Objectives: The main objective of the study is to analyze the application value of transcranial direct current Stimulation (TDCS) in stroke patients.
Material and Methods: This pilot study was conducted in Rawal Institute of Health Sciences during June 2019 to June 2020. The components required for TDCS include a Constant Current Stimulator and surface electrodes soaked in normal saline. A Constant Current Stimulator provides a steady flow of direct current (e.g., 0–4mA) while constantly monitoring the resistance in the system.
Results: The study was completed by 136 patients. Their mean age was 53.2 ± 8.4 years (range: 36–61 years). There were more males than females (60% vs. 40%). Their demographic and clinical characteristics are summarized in table 1.
Conclusion: It is concluded that TDCS combined with VR can reduce motor impairment, improve function, increase ADL in the affected upper limb in patients with subacute or chronic ischemic stroke than VR alone.