Clinical effects of non-invasive cerebellar magnetic stimulation treatment combined with neuromotor rehabilitation in traumatic brain injury. A single case study

Alex Martino Cinnera, Sonia Bonnì, Marco Iosa, Viviana Ponzo, Augusto Fusco, Carlo Caltagirone, Giacomo Koch

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Multimodal treatments are emerging as effective approaches for motor recovery in traumatic brain injury (TBI). Various evidence has demonstrated that repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) may improve outcomes in people with motor disorders. Behavioral gains from rTMS protocols may be maximized when brain stimulation is coupled with carefully designed occupational/physical therapy. We present the case of a 25-year-old man with chronic TBI (a bilateral corticosubcortical parieto-occipital lesion) who underwent three weeks of cerebellar intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS), a form of rTMS, combined with neurorehabilitation treatment. The Fugl-Meyer Assessment (FMA), Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Jebsen-Taylor Hand Function Test, and accelerometer gait analysis were administered before and after treatment. The results showed improvements in balance performance (BBS: T0=47; T1=53; +10.72%), motor recovery (FMA: T0=93/100; T1=96/100; +3.00%), step length (T0=50.4±7.2; T1=53.8±2.2 cm, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-120
Number of pages4
JournalFunctional Neurology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2016



  • Cerebellar cortex
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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