Monday, October 10th, 2016
Medical treatments save lives. Stroke victims who seek immediate treatment have the best chance to survive and eventually recover. But non-fatal strokes often have long-term debilitating consequences. Patients may require extensive therapy from skilled occupational therapists to reclaim their ability to speak, be mobile, and simply function in their daily lives.
Friday, September 9th, 2016
Having a stroke breaks vital connections between your brain and your muscles, which is why it is the leading cause of long-term disability and almost always results in some loss of mobility and movement. However, this loss isn’t necessarily permanent. In fact, rehabilitation is especially crucial during the early stages of recovery, when patients have little to no control over their affected muscles. No matter where you are in your journey toward recovery, your long-term progress will depend on a consistent physical therapy regimen. Learn why physical therapy for strokes is so helpful for stroke survivors, and what to look for as you select a facility and seek out services for stroke survivors.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
While everyday objects like clothespins and cups still play crucial roles in most patients’ journeys toward recovery, new technology is constantly changing the rehabilitation game. From video chats with doctors to robotic gloves and interactive video games, stroke recovery and rehabilitation tools have come a long way in the past decade. This new stroke recovery technology is helping link neuroplasticity and learning. A key part in recovery from a stroke.
This new stroke technology gives patients more repetitions, practice time and intensity compared to previous movement trainings. Not to mention this new technology is also more interactive, attention grabbing and really helps motivate the patient. These new technologies are really helping harness the brain’s ability to repair itself in ways that haven’t been seen before.
Thursday, August 18th, 2016
After stroke, loss of mobility isn’t the only long-term problem that prevents survivors from resuming normal activities. Post-stroke pain affects more than half of all stroke survivors. In some cases, this pain is chronic, leaving survivors with constant discomfort and hypersensitivity. Let’s walk through the common types of pain that stroke survivors experience, and introduce the tools and therapeutic techniques that were designed to reduce it and restore mobility.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Every stroke is different, and every patient’s stroke recovery experience is, too. Just as your symptoms depend on the severity of the stroke and treatment you received, your ability to regain certain functions and work toward recovery will also depend on a variety of different physical factors. However, it helps to know a little more about what to expect in the days and weeks ahead.
You’ve learned about the different stages of stroke recovery, but in order to simplify this experience and improve recovery odds, it’s important to understand more about each stage. If a patient or loved one has recently experienced a stroke and lost motor control on one side of their body, they’re probably in Stage 1 of their recovery process.
But what exactly does “Stage 1” mean, and how can patients and their caregivers navigate this first chapter of the journey toward recovery? Let’s start by breaking down the nature of this first stage. After you understand the basics of your Stage 1 progress, start applying some of the most helpful recovery techniques to reach the second stage.
Friday, August 5th, 2016
I have been using the SaeboStim Micro with a patient who is six months post CVA.
This patient suffered a stroke while in Florida while he was away from his family. He was sent to a nursing home for 100 days where he did not receive any – or very little – therapy for his arm. The therapy that he did receive focused on functional mobility and ADLs.
When I first met him, he could not tolerate even very gentle PROM to his arm. He has significant tone and short tissue shortening; he had significant pain throughout his affected UE. He is extremely hard working and determined to get as good as he possibly can. I knew it was time to start working with a Saebo solution.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Rehabilitation is a crucial part of stroke recovery, and rehabilitation nursing can be one of the best services to enlist in recovering from a stroke. This resource guide will cover everything you need to know about rehabilitation nursing for stroke recovery. From its main purpose and benefits, to the questions you need to ask before selecting a rehabilitation center, we’ve got you covered.
Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, but when stroke doesn’t claim lives, it changes them forever. Loss of blood – and, therefore, oxygen – to the brain almost always results in neurological damage. Though each patient’s symptoms are unique, loss of movement, strength, and coordination are common after stroke.
Fortunately, some of this damage can be undone. After stroke, rehabilitation is the most important factor in determining long-term outcomes. Patients may regain independence by retraining their brains and bodies, and many experts are now trained to help them do just that. There is one inescapable force that is always working against them: gravity.
Monday, July 25th, 2016
There is a lot of frustration among stroke survivors about “the system” when it comes to stoke recovery and rehab efforts after stroke. Most of the complaints revolve around three issues:
1. There’s not enough therapy.
2. Clinicians are not well-trained in stroke rehab.
3. Researchers don’t seem to have a clue about what drives recovery.
The following are possible explanations for these (legitimate) gripes.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
First, let’s distinguish the differences between stroke rehab and stroke recovery because they are two distinct terms.