Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
A stroke is one of the most catastrophic experiences an individual can undergo. Strokes often cause temporary or permanent paralysis on one side of the body. Balance, memory, speech, cognition, and vision may also be affected. In addition, muscle spasms and pain are common complications of a stroke. Because of these issues, stroke survivors may have difficulty managing basic tasks such as bathing and dressing. Consequently, it may be challenging for them to continue to manage their roles as spouses, parents, or employees.
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Victims of a stroke, especially those with substantial brain damage, may see both their lives and those of their families change drastically post stroke. The sufferer has to adapt to life without certain capabilities and settle into a different way of living than what they were used to, which has social consequences.
However, improvements in brain activity through neurorehabilitation in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and the like, have proven promising in recovering these abilities. With successful neurorehabilitation, patients have hope to reclaim both their movement and their previous quality of life.
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Stroke patients often face an unfortunate reality—80 percent of them will not regain full use of their arm and hand movements. Strokes are one of the most common causes of physical disability, and many stroke survivors suffer continued effects from impairment, like an inability to return to work and having limited independence. Early, intensive rehabilitation offers the best outcome, but only one-third of patients discharged after immediate medical treatment will continue the recommended therapy at home.
Monday, November 21st, 2016
My daughter Kathleen was born with Down syndrome. At five years old, she was diagnosed with a very rare neurovascular disease called Moyamoya that caused a series of strokes. After the strokes, Kathleen spent a month in a rehabilitation hospital; she regained her language and ability to walk over the course of the next year, but not her ability to use her left hand. A year later her physical therapist told us not to expect any additional improvements in her ability to use the left hand.
Monday, November 21st, 2016
Dr. Richard Bohannon, Professor of Physical Therapy, Campbell University
I began following a patient with major sensory loss on the left side one year following his stroke. Over a period of several weeks, I repeatedly tested his sensation. I tested his proprioception using the “thumb find” test. This is a test that requires the patient to be able to find and grasp the thumb of the involved side using the “good” hand (while not looking). This was a big challenge for my patient who was only able to find his thumb indirectly and with difficulty. I tested the patient’s touch sensation using a touch localization test, in which he was asked point to where he was being touched on his involved side. He had no idea he was even being touched.
Thursday, November 10th, 2016
As a result of having polio as a young child, I suffer from post-polio syndrome. In order to address some of my symptoms I had spinal cord surgery one year ago. I knew in advance of my surgery that my right arm function might be affected and indeed it was. I have had extreme weakness in my right arm and difficulty opening my hand. Although I had received an electrical stimulating device as a therapy tool, I was unable to apply it to my hand because I couldn’t keep the hand open. I was frustrated to have an expensive piece of medical equipment rendered useless because I couldn’t use it.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
As an occupational therapist, you play a vital role in helping stroke patients regain the ability to live as independently and confidently as possible. Recovering patients may suffer from a myriad of symptoms that can interfere with their daily lives.
From learning to use cooking and dining utensils again to bathing and dressing themselves, self-directed exercises and specialized tools help these patients take back control of their lives. To best assist your patients in these efforts, it is helpful to stock a rehabilitation workstation with as many pieces of specialized equipment, useful tools, and everyday items as possible.
Monday, November 7th, 2016
I have recently been working with a patient on our inpatient stroke unit whose status was asensory. When we began work together, his left hand was absent of all sensation and he had very little spontaneous use of his left arm or shoulder. However, soon after we began using the SaeboStim Micro, this patient found an immediate sense of hope and relief based on near immediate results. By the second session, he demonstrated improved coordination in grasp and release exercises. A box and blocks assessment clearly showed what a difference the glove was making. Without it, he scored 7 blocks per minute; with the glove on he scored 11 blocks per minute. After just two weeks of working with the SaeboStim Micro, this patient was able to brush his teeth with the affected arm! He was in awe and astonished by what was happening. He can now sense the difference between hot and cold based on surface immersion.
Monday, November 7th, 2016
The ReJoyce keeps patients’ attention, is appropriate for multiple diagnoses, can be adapted to meet a variety of patient goals and treatment plans, and is really user friendly and quick to set up. Whether I am working on hand grasp, finger pinch, wrist agility, or just overall engagement, the ReJoyce is fun to work with and motivates patients to achieve new levels of rehabilitation. I would venture to say that it works with almost every patient who walks in my door.
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Occupational therapy is an essential step along the road to recovery after a stroke. Patients who lose the capacity to perform daily tasks, such as the ability to maintain balance, concentrate, retain information, and even reach for an object, require the expertise of an occupational therapist to relearn these basic movements. The goal of the therapist is to help patients improve sensory and motor abilities that have been damaged. This is accomplished through reprogramming parts of the patients’ brains and helping them regain muscle control.