December 2014 Journal Club: Hubbard IJ, Cary LM, Budd TW and Parsons MW (Early View) Reorganization: Changing the clinical approach to upper limb recovery post-stroke. Occupational Therapy International DOI: 10.1002/oti.1381
Abstract: Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability, and as a consequence, most therapists will provide health care to patients with stroke during their professional careers. An increasing number of studies are investigating the association between upper limb recovery and changes in brain activation patterns following stroke. In this review, we explore the translational implications of this research for health professionals working in stroke recovery. We argue that in light of the most recent evidence, therapists should consider how best to take full advantage of the brain’s natural ability to reorganize, when prescribing and applying interventions to those with a stroke-affected upper limb.