Ardalan ShariatTehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Title: Using Functional Electrical stimulation for Tele-rehabilitation of patients post stroke with upper limb disability
Patients post-stroke are not able to do their daily activities individually. One of the reasons could be related to the spasticity in their upper limbs as well as feeling pain in their lower back. This study aimed to determine the positive effects of using Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for decreasing the spasticity and level of pain in the upper limbs of patients post-stroke. In this randomized control trial, 32 patients aged 40-65 participated and were divided into the experimental group (receiving FES modality) and control group (receiving conventional physiotherapy modality) equally. The participants were the patients (male and female) post-stroke, who had their first ischemic stroke and were able to walk with assistance. The participants were selected randomly from four public hospitals randomly. The duration of the study was three times a week, for 4 weeks. The levels of pain, spasticity, and quality of life were measured in baseline, after 4 weeks, and after 8 weeks. The findings of this study confirmed the positive effects of using FES for neurorehabilitation of patients post-stroke in improving the spasticity and level of pain.
To develop research expertise in clinical and medical areas, I started my PhD in Occupational Health (exercise for MSD) in Malaysia. After it, I had an International Graduate Research Fellowship (IGRF) undertaking research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in the University Putra Malaysia (UPM). Then I started my Post-doctoral Fellow in field of Neurorehabilitation for patients post-stroke in Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Iran. Now I am Assistant Professor in Faculty of Medicine and also head of Marketing and Research Department, Office of Vice-Chancellor for Global Strategies and International Affairs, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. I have over 100 publications and my h-index is 19. I am serving as an editorial board member of several reputed journals such as WORK and Exercise Rehabilitation. In addition, I am the Executive Manager for Asian Journal of Sports Medicine.