Globally, one in four people over the age of 25 will have a stroke in their lifetime. Those who survive stroke often require extensive therapy to support recovery. While stroke survival rates are improving, we need better solutions for recovery.
Animal studies have taught us that after a stroke, the brain is dramatically more responsive to rehabilitation. This is thanks to an intense window of neuroplasticity, where the brain re-wires its surviving structures to enable recovery. This poses the question, could this be the case in human brains?
A team of researchers from Australia, the United Kingdom and Spain present the very first evidence of enhanced neuroplasticity following stroke.
For more information on this ground breaking discovery, head to https://australian.physio/research/prf/translation/enhanced-neuroplasticity-following-stroke.
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