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ESOC 2023 | Intensified physical therapy improves mobility outcomes after stroke

Sinead Farrelly, PT, DPT, NCS, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, shares the findings of a randomized, controlled trial assessing the impact of increased physical therapy intensity on mobility outcomes in patients recovering from an acute stroke. The study randomized 100 patients to receive standard of care physical therapy (3-5 days/week) or intense physical therapy (twice daily treatment and error augmentation training). Both groups showed significant reductions in modified Rankin scale (mRS) scores and significant improvements in functional mobility scores (Activity Measure for Post-Acute Care (AMPAC) and Postural Assessment Stroke Scale (PASS)) at 90-day follow-up. Increased therapy frequency with a focus on error augmentation led to functional improvements of a greater magnitude and at a higher rate, compared to the standard of care arm. This interview took place during the European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) in Munich, Germany.

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Sinead Farrelly reports the following disclosures: NIH funding for salary support through the following grant-
South Carolina Research Center for Recovery from Stroke NIH P20 GM109040-02.