More than 700,000 people suffer from a stroke each year in the United States. About two-thirds survive and require rehabilitation from physical therapists and other health professionals to help them strive to return to independent living.
Rehabilitation for stroke patients often involves helping them re-learn skills that are lost when part of the brain is damaged. When certain movements cannot be repaired, patients are taught new ways to accomplish regular tasks.
Physical therapists at METRO SPORTSMED help patients recover from motor and sensory impairments. First the patient is assessed to determine their strength, range of motion, gait stability and sensory deficits, and then a program of recovery is customized to their exact condition.
Impaired limbs can be assisted with the use of selective sensory stimulation such as tapping or stroking, range of motion exercises and sometimes temporary restraint of healthy limbs while practicing motor tasks.