Methods, systems, and devices for pairing vagus nerve stimulation with motor therapy in stroke patients

Date
2016-10-25
Authors
Kilgard, Michael P.
Rennaker, Robert L., II
Engineer, Navzer Dara
Pierce, David Michael
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Publisher
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Abstract

A method of treating motor deficits in a stroke patient, comprising assessing a patient's motor deficits, determining therapeutic goals for the patient, based on the patient's motor deficits, selecting therapeutic tasks based on the therapeutic goals, performing each of the selected therapeutic tasks repetitively, observing the performance of the therapeutic tasks, initiating the stimulation of the vagus nerve manually at approximately a predetermined moment during the performance of the therapeutic tasks, stimulating the vagus nerve of the patient during the performance of the selected therapeutic tasks, and improving the patient's motor deficits.

Description
Keywords
Citation