Virtual Reality Assisted Motor Imagery for Early Post-Stroke Recovery: A Review

Chi Sang Choy, Shaun L Cloherty, Elena Pirogova, Qiang Fang
2022 IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering  
Stroke is a serious neurological disease that may lead to long-term disabilities and even death for stroke patients worldwide. The acute period, (1 month post-stroke), is crucial for rehabilitation but the current standard clinical practice may be ineffective for patients with severe motor impairment, since most rehabilitation programs involve physical movement. Imagined movement the so-called motor imagery (MI) has been shown to activate motor areas of the brain without physical movement. MI
more » ... erefore offers an opportunity for early rehabilitation of stroke patients. MI, however, is not widely employed in clinical practice due to a lack of evidence-based research. Here, we review MI-based approaches to rehabilitation of stroke patients and immersive virtual reality (VR) technologies to potentially assist MI and thus, promote recovery of motor function.
doi:10.1109/rbme.2022.3165062 pmid:35380970 fatcat:loobdldru5cgrcplhio7aqqm2a