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Managing MS Related Foot Drop

Saebo
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017


Managing MS Related Foot Drop-blog

Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a tremendous battle for anyone to face. MS is a chronic disease that damages nerves in the brain and spinal cord, and that destruction can cause a slew of other impairments, including something called foot drop.

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How Music Therapy Can Benefit Stroke Survivors

Saebo
Thursday, April 20th, 2017


How Music Therapy Can Benefit Stroke Survivors-blog

We depend so much on language that we sometimes take it for granted. But how would we express ourselves if our ability to use it were impaired or lost?

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6 Tips for the Stroke Caregiver

Saebo
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017


6 Tips for the Stroke Caregiver-blog

 

After a loved one has a stroke, many people today are choosing to take on the role of their caregiver rather than hiring someone else to do it. In fact, in the U.S. more than 50 million people are providing care for a loved one with a disability or illness. While many family caregivers find the experience positive and appreciate being able to help, it is still a huge challenge that comes with many new responsibilities.

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Sex After Stroke: What Couples Need to Know

Saebo
Monday, April 17th, 2017


Sex After Stroke What Couples Need to Know-blog

The subject of sex can be sensitive for many stroke survivors. A stroke can come with enormous physical and emotional changes that may affect your desire, abilities, and confidence. While it does present new challenges to overcome, it is not only possible to have a healthy sex life after stroke, but it can also be a key aspect to getting back into a normal routine.

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Range of Motion Exercises for Spinal Cord Injuries

Saebo
Thursday, April 13th, 2017


 Range of Motion Exercises for Spinal Cord Injuries-blog

 

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to any part of the spinal cord. This damage can lead to loss of function and sensation in the parts of the body served by the spinal cord below the location of the injury. Spinal cord injuries can have a catastrophic effect on a person’s life. Losing function in parts of your body can take away a lot of abilities and independence.

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Get Back On Your Feet with Exercises for Foot Drop

Saebo
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017


Get Back On Your Feet with Exercises for Foot Drop-blog

Foot drop (sometimes called drop foot or dropped foot) is the inability to raise the front of the foot due to weakness or paralysis of the muscles and nerves that lift the foot. Foot drop itself is not a disease, it is a symptom of a greater problem or medical condition.

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How to Stay Motivated During Stroke Recovery

Saebo
Thursday, April 6th, 2017


How to Stay Motivated During Stroke Recovery-blog

The path to stroke recovery can feel endless and full of obstacles to overcome. While recovering from a stroke is certainly possible, it takes hard work and dedication from the patient to keep up with their rehabilitation. It is common to feel helpless and out of control when experiencing an enormous life change such as a stroke, so staying motivated and dedicated to recovery can be incredibly difficult.

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How to Treat Spasticity After Stroke

Saebo
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017


How to Treat Spasticity After Stroke-blog

 

After a stroke, 17 to 38 percent of people experience spasticity. After a spinal cord injury, 40 to 78 percent of people experience it. Individuals with mild spasticity might have muscle tightness and stiffness, and those with severe spasticity can experience painful, uncontrollable spasms in their extremities. A charley horse is nothing in comparison.

 

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Pain After a Stroke: Symptoms to Watch Out For

Saebo
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017


Pain After a Stroke-blog

 
Stroke survivors can experience tragic results after their attacks in the form of many different types of physical pain. Conditions such as paralysis, frailty, and changes in sensation are some  of the most common ailments. It is normal for stroke survivors to feel weakness on one side of the body, which can lead to spasticity and excruciating pain in muscles and joints, particularly in the shoulders. Headaches and sore, swollen hands are also common after effects of a stroke, usually referred to as central post-stroke pain (CPSP).

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Why Can’t I Swallow? Overcoming Dysphagia After a Stroke

Saebo
Friday, March 31st, 2017


Why Can’t I Swallow-blog

Dysphagia, a disorder that makes it difficult to swallow, is extremely common post stroke and after brain damage. Because swallowing actually involves a complex set of actions within the body, what was a simple task may become quite challenging. Unfortunately, dysphagia can lead to life-threatening conditions like pneumonia, as well as negatively impact a survivor’s ability to be social and obtain nourishment. Individuals who have suffered a stroke and their family members need to know the signs of dysphagia, how to handle it, and when to get more help.

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