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Improving Strength and Functional Mobility After a Stroke Using Electrical Stimulation and Exercise

Posted by ACP on May 20, 2019 5:21:30 PM

Patient Information: Male, Age 71

Diagnosis: Stroke / Left Hemiparesis

History: This gentleman suffered a stroke causing hemiparesis (muscle weakness) to his left leg and arm. After spending a week and a half in the ICU and an additional three weeks in inpatient rehabilitation, he received six weeks of outpatient therapy. Prior to his stroke, this gentleman was independent with all mobility and worked full-time running a heavy equipment corporation.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Neuro Rehab

Electrical Stimulation Intervention to Treat Stroke Related Impairments

Posted by ACP on May 15, 2019 3:15:58 PM

Cerebral vascular accident (CVA), or stroke, affects 795,000 individuals each year and is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing 140,000. Approximately 87% of all strokes are the ischemic-type. Additionally, it is the leading cause of serious long-term disability. Individuals who suffer stroke often have communication challenges, dysphagia, pain, edema, depression, limitations in mobility, and impaired functional ability.1,2

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Neuro Rehab

Improving Range of Motion of the Hand for Ability to Self-Feed Using Patterned Electrical Stimulation and Exercise

Posted by ACP on Mar 5, 2019 4:30:10 PM

Patient Information: Male, Age 94

Diagnosis: Chronic Kidney Disease / Generalized Weakness

History: Following hospitalization related to chronic kidney disease, this gentleman, a long-term skilled nursing facility resident, was referred to occupational therapy to address severely decreased range of motion (ROM) in his right hand which limited his ability to feed himself. Prior to the hospitalization, he was able to feed himself independently.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Orthopedic, Neuro Rehab

OmniVR® “Virtual Reality” and Visual Field Deficits

Posted by ACP on Dec 3, 2018 6:35:37 PM

Stroke is a common diagnosis in rehabilitation and resultant visual field disorders can be a significant barrier to a successful rehabilitation program.

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Topics: Clinical Tip, Neuro Rehab

Improving Functional Mobility Using Dynamic Balance Training

Posted by ACP on Sep 24, 2018 11:14:34 AM

Patient Information: Male, Age 67

Diagnosis: Stroke

History: This gentleman was referred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation services after hospitalization due to a second stroke which resulted in lower extremity weakness and decreased balance. Prior to this stroke, he lived at home with his wife and walked with a hemi-walker.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Patient Success Story, Neuro Rehab

Improving Functional Mobility with Dual-Task Training

Posted by ACP on Aug 27, 2018 10:36:47 AM

In the early phase of rehab, a therapist may elect to challenge a patient with one task at a time. However, most of the activities done by individuals in everyday life occur with two or more tasks performed at once. Dual-task (DT) training is defined as working on one task while simultaneously working on additional tasks (cognitive or motor). Individuals with neurologic disorders commonly have deficits in their ability to perform motor and cognitive dual-tasks.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Clinical Tip, Neuro Rehab

Improving Functional Mobility with Electrical Stimulation and Exercise for an Individual with Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Posted by ACP on Aug 20, 2018 2:15:29 PM

Patient Information: Male, Age 39

Diagnosis: Guillain-Barré Syndrome / Quadriplegia

History: This gentleman was hospitalized for an extended period of time due to onset of Guillain-Barré syndrome requiring mechanical ventilation. After hospitalization, he was referred to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation due to significant limitations in muscle strength, activity tolerance, balance and coordination with an inability to perform daily living tasks independently. His goal was to be able to watch his kids play community sports. Prior to this hospitalization, he was independent with all activities, lived on his own, and worked as a truck driver.

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Topics: Fall Prevention & Balance, Patient Success Story, Neuro Rehab

Improving Cognition Involving Safety Awareness, Memory, and Attention using Virtual Reality in Therapy

Posted by ACP on Aug 13, 2018 9:42:24 AM

Patient Information: Male, Age 57

Diagnosis: Cognitive Communication Deficit / Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease /
Chronic Heart Failure

History: This gentleman was admitted to a skilled nursing facility and referred to speech therapy for decreased cognitive function and failure to thrive following bilateral above knee amputations. Previously, the gentleman lived at home.

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Topics: Patient Success Story, Neuro Rehab

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