Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) combined with physical therapy is a new, leading-edge clinical service offered to patients with stroke at the M Health Clinics and Surgery Center to help improve hand function. We have done research on rTMS in stroke for 10 years and found it to help some people. (There are no guarantees that this will help every patient.)
The presence of certain characteristics increase the likelihood of a beneficial outcome, such as at least some active finger motion, stroke location, time since stroke, and absence of medical depression. None of the patients in our research have experienced a major adverse event. At this early innovative stage in rehabilitation, Medicare does not yet cover the expense and so patients would have to pay privately for the service. The service (10 treatments) cost a total of $2395. We are seeking funding to assist those patients who cannot afford the full amount to have access to this treatment with the hope of improving their quality of life.