Cutaneous electrical stimulation to improve balance performance in patients with sub-acute stroke: a randomised controlled trial
SSM Ng1, CWK Lai2, MWS Tang3, J Woo4
1 Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2 Physiotherapy Department, Shatin Hospital, Hospital Authority
3 Medical and Geriatric Unit, Shatin Hospital, Hospital Authority
4 Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Key Messages
1. In subjects with sub-acute stroke, rehabilitation that combined transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) with task-oriented balance training (TOBT) was superior to placebo stimulation with TOBT in improving balance performance and motor functions.
2. In subjects with sub-acute stroke, TENS is particularly useful as a complementary therapy to TOBT.