Having a stroke is scary and significant. It is fifth among the top lethal health events in America and affects almost 800,000 people per year. In some instances, damage to brain cells is temporary. In other cases, brains can reorganize themselves to the point where one of its regions can take over for the area that was damaged by the stroke. A physical therapist can help make that happen.
Expect the best at the office of The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center. We pride ourselves on establishing outstanding rapport with all of our patients, as well as our excellent service and attention to detail.
The goal of stroke rehabilitation is to help the patient become as self-reliant as possible. A survivor is less likely to have to be readmitted to a hospital if she receives medical therapy.
Rehabilitation following a stroke is a team effort on the part of medical professionals. Depending on the severity of the stroke, the “team players” can include a neurologist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist and neuropsychologist.
A physical therapist improves a patient’s recovery by helping her (or him) work on the crucial skills of proper movement and stable balance. He (or she) helps her regain as much physicality and stability as possible by strengthening the muscles used for standing, walking and other activities.
Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) is a form of physical therapy that’s helpful for patients with severe or complete paralysis on one side of the body (hemiplegia) or a relatively mild loss of strength (hemiparesis). It helps by impeding the movement of the unaffected side while compelling the use of the affected side.
A physical therapist works with stroke survivors to promote overall strength, mobility and improved function. He’s a movement expert who improves his patients’ quality of life through hands-on care, patient education and prescribed movement.
The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center would be proud to be your source of physical therapy. We use the latest advances in knowledge and technology that will provide you with the best, most innovative treatments. Please call us today to schedule an appointment.