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Stroke Rehabilitation

Stroke research in the Hanlon Lab involves a multi-modal approach to characterizing and assessing behavior and rehabilitation following a stroke. The outcomes of these assessments provide the groundwork for possible rehabilitation strategies and techniques. Our efforts are rewarded as we observe functional improvements in disabled stroke patients throughout recovery and rehabilitation processes. We are motivated by the fact that we are working as part of a multidisciplinary team on the cutting edge of current technology and creating future standards of practice for recovering stroke patients.

Currently, more than seven million people in the United States have lived through a stroke and are dealing with its aftereffects. Stroke is one of the major causes of long-term disability and possibly one of the most severe disabling conditions in the United States. If a person survives a stroke, the lasting effects may have a negative impact on his or her quality of life. Stroke patients in the United States will mostly deal with the following signs and symptoms:

  • Physical deficit or weakness in one side of the body (50 percent)
  • Aphasia or problems speaking (38 percent)
  • Inability to walk without help (30 percent)
  • Dependence on others for undertakings in daily living (26 percent)

Along with physical impairment, the inability of stroke survivors to integrate into normal social settings can commonly lead to depression, which can further hinder the recovery process. Post-stroke depression (PSD) is the most common neuropsychiatric manifestation following a stroke and affects approximately 30 percent of stroke survivors. 

Our goal is to assess and rehabilitate each patient to the best of our abilities so he or she can reintegrate into their communities with an improved quality of life.

View our current research publications.

View our current NIH-funded research projects.

To participate in a study, review our listof studies online or call Jade at 843-792-1006.