Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) non-invasively measures excitability of central motor pathways in humans and is used to characterize neuroplasticity after stroke. Using TMS to index lower extremity neuroplasticity after gait rehabilitation requires test-retest reliability. This study assesses the reliability of TMS-derived variables measured at bilateral quadriceps of chronic hemiparetic stroke survivors. Results support using measures of both paretic and nonparetic motor threshold, motor evoked potential (MEP) latencies; and nonparetic MEP amplitudes. Implications for longitudinal research are discussed.
- Aged, 80 and over
- Electric Stimulation
- Evoked Potentials, Motor
- Middle Aged
- Quadriceps Muscle
- Recovery of Function
- Reproducibility of Results
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
- Journal Article
- Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
- Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
- Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
- Lower extremity