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STROKE THERAPY

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There are advances in stroke physical rehabilitation that significantly assist stroke patients in gaining mobility.
 
Our therapists are certified in the Neurodevelopmental (NDT) treatment for the adult hemiplegia and brain-injured patients. This technique is the technique of choice in the rehabilitation of neuromuscular impairments.

According to the American Heart Association, a stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain develops a clot and cannot deliver the blood and oxygen to the brain tissue, so the brain tissue starts to die.

When a person suffers a stroke, it usually means altered facial expressions and loss of function on one side of the body and sometimes speech impairment, depending on the area of the brain that is affected.
If you have suffered a stroke we can help you regain your function.  Please call us 305-412-9099

MOTOR LEARNING AND CONTROL

Until recently, it was believed that once the brain was injured, as in the case of a stroke, the damage was permanent. However, recent studies have demonstrated the plasticity of the brain and its ability to "rewire" itself after injury.

Most of the studies have determined that this "rewiring" of the brain comes as a result of relearning the lost functions through increased and repetitive use.

The involved extremities in a stroke are "flaccid" or very weak, or show "spasticity", an abnormally increased muscle tone, or a mixture of both. In any scenario, the patient will have difficulty using the involved side's arm and a leg to perform any of their daily activities.

Undergoing physical, occupational, and speech therapy helps restore these lost functions. Rehabilitation focuses on making the patient functional, this means teaching the patient to walk, get in and out of bed, feed, dress, and address any speech impairment incorporating in the treatment the use of the weakened side of the body.

Depending on the severity of the stroke, patients can fully recover their ability to perform their daily activities independently as in the case of a mild stroke, or they may become disabled in varying degrees as in the case of a more severe stroke.

Initially, after the stroke, therapy is usually given for a few hours daily for 2 to 4 weeks as an inpatient either at the hospital or rehabilitation facility. Once the patient goes home therapy is given for one to three hours two to three days a week for a few months to a year.

Transfer Training, Bed mobility Training, Balance, and gait training are integral parts of stroke rehabilitation. Our physical therapists provide the necessary facilitation to enhance the patient's proprioception and balance reactions.

 

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