Chiropractic Care for Stroke

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Effectiveness
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Safety
Life University Center for Chiropractic Research, Atlanta, GA
Stroke
Chiropractic Care - Other
Eligibility
18+
All Sexes
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Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether chiropractic care can improve brain electrical patterns and body movement patterns in people who have experienced stroke.

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Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Chiropractic Care will improve 3 primary outcomes in patients with Stroke. Measurement will happen over the course of 12 weeks.

12 weeks
Kinematic Assessment of Performance on finger to nose test
Resting State Electroencephalography
Stroke Impact Scale Survey

Trial Safety

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Chiropractic care for Ischemic Stroke Patients
1 of 2
Chiropractic care for Hemorrhagic Stroke Patients
1 of 2
Experimental Treatment

This trial requires 30 total participants across 2 different treatment groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Chiropractic Care is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will be divided into 2 treatment groups. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Chiropractic care for Ischemic Stroke Patients
Other
12 weeks of full spine chiropractic care will be provided to patient. Patients may be asked to present one- two times per week.
Chiropractic care for Hemorrhagic Stroke Patients
Other
12 weeks of full spine chiropractic care will be provided to patient. Patients may be asked to present one- two times per week.

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 12 weeks
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly 12 weeks for reporting.

Closest Location

Life University Center for Chiropractic Research - Atlanta, GA

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There is one eligibility criterion to participate in this trial as listed below.

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Patient Q&A Section

How many people get stroke a year in the United States?

"About 807,100 people get stroke or are disabled from a stroke each year. Strokes are a leading cause of death among adults. It is important to acknowledge the significant burden of brain and limb tissue damage and disability caused by strokes in this country. There is a growing consensus that there needs to be a better understanding of all of our brain injury and brain pathophysiology. Stroke has been one of the most important global biomedical challenges in this century." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is stroke?

"Stroke is a brain injury that occurs quickly and results in the loss of brain function. The most common symptom of a stroke is a sudden numbness or weakness of an arm, leg or side of the body. More than 7.6 million people in the United States have a stroke each year." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What causes stroke?

"Stroke is usually due to atherosclerosis in blood vessels, although intracranial causes are increasingly recognized. The most common risk factors for stroke are hypertension, tobacco use, diabetes, atrial fibrillation, and high cholesterol. These risk factors can cause strokes by causing narrowing or blockages of the blood vessels or the arteries that deliver oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Stroke affects some people, more than others, and there can be subtle differences in how strokes are diagnosed. Some stroke risk factors are not only risk factors for stroke, but also risk factors for heart disease." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the signs of stroke?

"Patients with stroke have certain physical signs that can help doctors to identify the location of the damaged areas. The physical signs of stroke are as follows: hand weakness, face palsy, tongue paralysis and facial palsy, sensory abnormalities and limb numbness." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are common treatments for stroke?

"Currently, most stroke is treated with aspirin or clot-reducing medication such as antithrombutics or anticoagulants; however, this treatment may not work very effectively in certain circumstances. For example, in young adults, treatment with tPA seems to work better than aspirin because the clot-reducing medication does not work at the initial stages of the disease. In older age groups presenting with an acute stroke, antiplatelet antihypertensive medications seem to work better than aspirin. Also in those who have atrial fibrillation, anticoagulants are suggested in all stroke patients and their effectiveness is yet to be determined." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Can stroke be cured?

"The evidence strongly suggests that stroke can be cured. However, this is best accomplished by careful and effective use of current drugs or by developing new medicines. A wider implementation of such treatments in a clinical sense with appropriate research and a well thought out policy framework could have dramatic clinical and societal impact." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How serious can stroke be?

"There are many risk factors influencing the extent of the stroke and the extent of disability, which depends mostly on the cause of cerebral infarction. It is highly recommended to evaluate the severity of cerebrovascular disease before starting therapy. The presence of diabetes, prior strokes or other cerebrovascular disease has no effect on the extent or degree of stroke symptoms. As part of the physical examination, one should also note the severity of the neurological deficit and the degree of symmetry of these deficits. It is reasonable to give special consideration to the presence of aphasia, but is not advisable to treat a person with aphasia as if she or he were mentally subnormal." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the latest developments in chiropractic care for therapeutic use?

"In summary, it is essential for all health care professionals to be update on the most current clinical and scientific evidence concerning the most efficient, safe and effective chiropractic care treatments. It is essential to have a clinical practice orientation and evidence-based approach toward each client. Health care providers would benefit from being educated, motivated and aware of the most current scientific knowledge pertaining to chiropractic care practices. A significant challenge posed by chiropractic care is that while it appears to have progressed in some areas, and advances are being made in some areas, there have also been significant challenges to practicing chiropractics." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Is chiropractic care safe for people?

"There is a substantial body of research that demonstrates that chiropractic care is absolutely safe as long as it is performed carefully by a qualified practitioner. However, there are no rigorous randomized controlled trials that investigate the effectiveness of chiropractic care. Consequently, chiropractors and their patients must continue to seek high-quality evidence from clinical studies as well as clinical experience and practice (using their own judgment)." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Has chiropractic care proven to be more effective than a placebo?

"Chiropractic care was not found to be more effective than a placebo in the treatment of a variety of common low back disorders. The authors recommend that more rigorous studies be undertaken, not just to test more specific types of care. Data from a recent study of this study suggest that spinal manipulative treatment needs careful attention in all settings. Further research is ongoing." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Have there been any new discoveries for treating stroke?

"There are many new techniques emerging; none of them are ready for widespread clinical use yet. A more efficient method to transfer clinical findings from the lab to the clinic as soon as possible might make it easier to find the most effective and safe treatment the patients will respond to and thereby avoiding possible sequelae of stroke." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How does chiropractic care work?

"Results from a recent clinical trial revealed no significant effect of chiropractic care when other clinical factors were controlled for. These finding suggest that chiropractic care is unlikely to cause long term neurological recovery. The study also suggests that patients should not expect to obtain long term benefit from chiropractic treatment." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.
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