Synthesis of intervention trials to improve motor recovery following stroke

P. W. Duncan*

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Therapists have used multiple interventions to improve motor recovery following stroke. However, the clinical research studies to support efficacy of the interventions are few. The purpose of this article is to synthesize the results of the clinical trials that have assessed therapeutic interventions to enhance motor recovery. The results of the current research provide some evidence that physical interventions may improve intrinsic motor recovery. The interventions that have been shown to be effective require active participation of the patient and repetitive training. The improvements in motor control have been limited to select patients with volitional motor control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalTopics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • motor recovery
  • stroke interventions
  • stroke rehabilitation
  • therapeutic exercises


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