Deep brain stimulation in addition to physical therapy has helped Cleveland Clinic stroke patient Joe Schwappach further recover and regain the use of his right hand, reports Spectrum News.
The study is revolutionary in that it is the first trial in humans to combine brain surgery with physical therapy for stroke patients.
Doctors call the brain stimulation device the “pacemaker of the brain” and said the results are showing improvement metrics more than double what physical therapy alone can do.
Promising results from patients like Schwappach led to the FDA’s approval for the trial to advance to Phase Two.
[Source: Spectrum News 1 Ohio]
Photo: Doctors say the results of the Cleveland Clinic Deep Brain Stimulation trial are showing improvement metrics more than double what physical therapy alone can do. Photo: Cleveland Clinic/Twitter