A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function caused by the interruption of blood flow in the brain. Stroke is the leading cause of neurological disability in adults in Canada.
Up to 85% of people who have had a stroke are left with reduced function in one of their arms. Rehabilitation therapy is an important part of care after a stroke and helps patients recover as much function as possible.
Health Quality Ontario Reviews Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy
Constraint-induced movement therapy is a rehabilitation method designed to improve arm function after stroke. In this therapy, the healthy arm is restrained in a sling for most of the day and the damaged arm is exercised intensively and repeatedly over many days. Not being able to use their “good” arm prevents patients from giving up on the use of the affected arm and allows them to experience gradual, encouraging improvements in their arm function.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has accepted this recommendation.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has provided the following response: The Ministry has added this recommendation to the stroke care clinical handbook which is a funded quality-based procedure.