The Importance of Rehabilitation after a Stroke

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A stroke can be a major, life-changing event for you or a loved one.  According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability, it can drastically change your independence and quality of life. After a stroke, individuals may experience difficulty with walking, swallowing or speaking, using the hand and arm, memory, spatial awareness, weakness and balance difficulties, and difficulty caring for themselves or others. 

Though the effects of a stroke can be severe, there is hope! Rehabilitation after a stroke is designed to improve the pathways and efficiency of the nervous system to optimize mobility and independence, and works on an individual basis to address specific needs and lifestyles of those affected. 

While therapy is most effective immediately following a stroke, the brain and nervous system still have tremendous potential to recover beyond your hospital and rehab stay. Colorado In Motion provides outpatient neurologic rehabilitation services to address impairments caused by a stroke. Our team of physical and occupational rehabilitation specialists are trained in the latest advances of neurologic practice and will individualize a treatment plan based on your needs and goals. 

We have both physical and occupational therapy services to provide a comprehensive rehabilitation approach.

Physical therapy can help address:

  • Strength and endurance training
  • Ambulation/gait training including body weight support treadmill training
  • Wheelchair management and propulsion
  • Transfer training (the ability to get from one surface to another, like from a chair to a toilet).
  • Balance training and fall reduction
  • Tone and spasticity management
  • Pain management
  • Bracing and splinting recommendations
  • Bowel and/or bladder continence training
  • Caregiver training to decrease the burden of care

Occupational therapy can help address:

  • Self-Care tasks such as dressing, grooming, and feeding
  • Household tasks such as meal prep, laundry, and yard work
  • Vision therapy to address neglect, double vision, or loss of vision
  • Increasing function of affected arm/hand through regaining movement and fine motor skills
  • Positioning and orthotic recommendations to prevent arm pain and tone
  • Returning to community tasks such as grocery shopping and attending events
  • Returning to leisure pursuits
  • Functional cognition to include paying bills and managing medications
  • Returning to work or volunteering

If you or a loved one has had a stroke, you are a survivor! Call Colorado In Motion today to schedule an appointment for a thorough evaluation and treatment plan to help get you moving and to optimize your recovery after a stroke!