Motor recovery beginning 23 years after ischemic stroke as originally seen in The Journal of Neurophysiology
Ya’ll. YA’LL. I can’t tell you how it saddens me when I get an old stroke and they tell me, “Well, I’m going to be stuck like this forever, so why are you working on [insert stroke effected part here.]” THIS is why and it makes me so ANGRY that someone had the gal to tell them that they’re a lost cause and it’d be better if they just gave up.
No. Just, NO.
Neuroplasticity can happen at any point post stroke and at any age. I find motivation and willingness to put in the work on the patient, therapist(s) and support system is much more important in predicting a prognosis.
However, another interesting point here is the fMRI results. In the “normal” hand, the contralateral (opposite side) hemisphere motor cortex of the brain lights up when the unaffected hand moves, as expected. But when the effected hand moves, both side’s motor cortex lights up. Which is just fascinating to me.
That’s all I’ve got on that. But please, remember, neuroplasticity is always a possibility.