New Stroke Rehabilitation Therapy
Researchers from Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation and the Texas Biomedical Device Center at The University of Texas at Dallas are studying new treatment methods aimed at improving arm function after an ischemic stroke.
New Stroke Rehabilitation Therapy
Researchers from Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation and the Texas Biomedical Device Center at The University of Texas at Dallas are studying new treatment methods aimed at improving arm function after an ischemic stroke.
Facts About Our Study
Our research study is evaluating an innovative technique that uses brief pulses of vagus nerve stimulation paired with physical therapy to improve ischemic stroke recovery in patients
Ischemic stroke that occurred more than 12 months ago
Between the ages of 22 and 79 years
Participants must demonstrate some arm and hand movement
Compensation provided
Study Background
A common question we receive from both stroke survivors and caregivers is: What is the best way to recover from a stroke?

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas are evaluating how vagus nerve stimulation coupled with physical therapy may improve arm and hand function in patients who have had an ischemic stroke.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of using vagus nerve stimulation during physical therapy sessions to help ischemic stroke patients recover their arm and hand mobility and sensation.
Is this study for me?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Ischemic stroke that has occurred over one year ago
  • Between the ages of 22 and 79 years old
  • Lack full movement or sensation of at least one hand or arm
  • Able to demonstrate some arm and hand movement of the impaired arm
What will happen if I participate in this study?
Our study has two phases and everyone will have the opportunity for active treatment.

The first visit will determine your eligibility.

If you meet the study criteria and sign the informed consent form, you will be scheduled for surgery to implant the ReStore System nerve stimulator. The ReStore System sits on the vagus nerve in the neck and triggers vagus nerve stimulation. The surgery to implant the device is expected to take about 60 minutes, and recovery time is expected to take about one week.

Once you have recovered from the surgery, you will begin study treatment. The trial occurs over 2 phases that each includes 18 rehabilitation sessions over 6 weeks. The first phase is randomized, the second is open-label and everyone receives active stimulation. This was done to ensure everyone who is implanted has an opportunity to receive active treatment.
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
Participants will be compensated for their participation.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for you to participate in this study.