A study funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs found physical therapy can greatly benefit the motor functions of those who have suffered from a stroke.
The study which was conducted at the University of Florida concentrated on the benefits physical therapy would give to stroke victims who still had persistent disabilities.
The 39 participants of the study had all completed standard care for their stroke a year or more before, and were split up into two different groups. Both groups at least doubled their score on a scale that measures coordination.
Janis Daly, director of the National Veterans Affairs Brain Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence said that, “The magnitude of recovery we observed in our study is higher than any other studies that have been published so far, which supports the promise of longer treatment and more intensive treatment after stroke, even for those who are more severely impaired.”