By: An Interview With Allison Nogi, Lead Therapist at BrainQ
Technology & Innovation
Time is of the essence when it comes to stroke recovery. Every minute counts and early intervention plays a critical role in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Healthcare providers have the power to make a significant difference in the lives of stroke survivors by recognizing stroke symptoms promptly and implementing effective treatments such as thrombectomy, prescribing appropriate medications, and facilitating rehabilitation.
However, while early intervention is crucial, the current treatment options available for stroke remain insufficient. Many individuals are ineligible for thrombolysis or thrombectomy or have residual disability despite these treatments. Rehabilitation remains an essential but underdeveloped intervention for these individuals. Despite our best efforts to improve stroke care and promote recovery through the development of new technologies and treatment approaches, stroke remains a complex and multifaceted condition that is difficult to treat. Unfortunately, there are limited rehabilitation and recovery interventions available within the sub-acute window, resulting in many patients experiencing long-term disability and complications following a stroke. This highlights the urgent need for further research and innovation in stroke care.
Certainly, I have dedicated my career to advancing stroke rehabilitation and recovery, with a strong emphasis on the importance of early intervention, multidisciplinary care, and personalized medicine. As the co-chair of the American Heart Association's stroke rehabilitation guidelines, published in 2016, I have emphasized the significance of multidisciplinary care and individualized treatment plans that consider the specific goals, needs, and abilities of each stroke patient.
I am motivated by a desire to help individual patients and improve care systems for stroke survivors. I encourage stroke survivors and their families to advocate for themselves to ensure they receive the rehabilitation services they need and deserve. However, I also recognize that more effective treatments for stroke recovery are required, as well as consistent access to high-quality rehabilitation. That's why I became involved in BrainQ's EMAGINE study, which utilizes innovative technology combined with a customized rehabilitation plan for stroke survivors within the sub-acute window. This technology can be integrated into the patient's home or various settings, adapting to their needs and presentation. By leveraging this technology, we aim to enhance stroke recovery outcomes and provide a more comprehensive approach to rehabilitation.
In my opinion, the future of stroke recovery lies in identifying treatments that enhance the efficacy of exercise to improve motor outcomes after stroke. BrainQ's innovative technology has shown promising potential, particularly with its safe and easily applied electromagnetic field (ELF-EMF) therapy.
By integrating this technology into stroke rehabilitation, we hope to enhance outcomes for patients. This technology can be utilized in the patient's home or various settings, making it adaptable to their specific requirements. Combining this type of treatment with exercise therapy has the potential to maximize recovery post-stroke.
Overall, this technology holds great promise for transforming stroke recovery by improving the efficacy of exercise-based therapies and helping stroke survivors regain their motor functions more effectively. I am looking forward to the results of the ongoing EMAGINE clinical trial!