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.
Monday, April 11th, 2016
Which Recovers First After A Stroke – The Arm or The Leg? By Peter G Levine
“Which comes back first after a stroke, the arm or the leg?”
First-year OT and PT students know the answer to this question: the leg. However, the reasons driving the leg’s speedy recovery are not so simple.
Here are some reasons to rethink this “leg comes back first” perspective.
Thursday, March 31st, 2016
How “Good” Stroke Survivors Help All Stroke Survivors By Peter G Levine
When physical and occupational therapists read stroke-specific clinical research, they are often skeptical. One of the main reasons for therapists being dubious of research is that research often reveals something contrary to his or her clinical observations.
Friday, March 25th, 2016
Helping Stroke Survivors with Evidence-Based Practice By Peter G Levine
Everyone talks a big game with evidence-based practice (EBP) in stroke. You can’t go to any occupational or physical therapy seminars without the term being thrown around like confetti. Beyond the platitudes, what is EBP? How can EBP be clinically implemented to help stroke survivors? Finally, what are the best resources to access EBP for stroke?
Monday, March 14th, 2016
MedBridge provides clinicians and healthcare organizations a comprehensive education platform that includes clinical education, patient education, and home exercise programs to advance their knowledge, engage patients in their recovery, and improve outcomes.
Do you feel like you’re in a rut? Always doing the same thing? Feeling uninspired? News flash: If you’re bored, your patients are too. It’s time for a change! Some of the most exciting research today is in neuroplasticity and the impact we have as therapists.
Monday, February 8th, 2016