Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have completed the first human trial of a new procedure which uses deep brain stimulation to help patients recovering from a stroke.
The test patient suffered a stroke which paralyzed their left side. After a year of physical therapy, the patient underwent a procedure in which electrodes were implanted in a specific part of the brain. The electrodes connect to a device which generates electrical pulses.
Those pulses promote neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to form new connections.