Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for Poststroke Motor Recovery: Challenges and Opportunities.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

There has been a renewed research interest in transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) as an adjunctive tool for poststroke motor recovery as it has a neuro-modulatory effect on the human cortex. However, there are barriers towards its successful application in motor recovery as several scientific issues remain unresolved, including device-related issues (ie, dose-response relationship, safety and tolerability concerns, interhemispheric imbalance model, and choice of montage) and clinical trial-related issues (ie, patient selection, timing of study, and choice of outcomes). This narrative review examines and discusses the existing challenges in using tDCS as a brain modulation tool in facilitating recovery after stroke. Potential solutions pertinent to using tDCS with the goal of harnessing the brains plasticity are proposed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Feng, W; Kautz, SA; Schlaug, G; Meinzer, C; George, MS; Chhatbar, PY

Published Date

  • September 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 9 Suppl 2

Start / End Page

  • S157 - S164

PubMed ID

  • 30269802

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7153501

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1934-1563

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pmrj.2018.04.012


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States