Stroke & Neurological Rehabilitation

RI Rehab provides a wide range of treatments for stroke and other neurological impairments including Parkinson’s Disease, Muscular Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), chronic brain injury, spinal chord injury. Rehabilitation programs for stroke and neurological problems focus on exercises and training programs to restore a client’s level of function. RI Rehab therapists develop individualized exercise regimens in physical therapy and occupational therapy that emphasize proprioception training, gait training, stair retraining, balance and coordination training and functional and safety training. Transfer training — sit to stand, stand to sit, sit to lying down, rolling, bed mobility — is another component of a well designed neurological rehabilitation program. Therapists set up controlled obstacle courses so clients can practice maneuvering through a variety of direction changes. Patients are trained to progress through a series of assistive devices from a walker to a hemi-cane to a cane with the goal of restoration of independent mobility.

Occupational therapists work with patients recovering from stroke and neurological impairments to help them handle the activities of daily living. Cognitive retraining is a critical part of neurological rehabilitation, helping patients develop safe living skills that can return them to active, productive lives and reduce their chance of household injuries.

For patients who experience pain, stiffness and loss of muscle tone associated with their neurological condition, RI Rehab offers a wide range of treatment modalities. Manual modalities, physical treatments for the pain including massage therapy and aquatic therapy are useful for relaxing spasmed muscle groups and increasing blood flow. Technical modalities including fluidotherapy, ultrasound, electric stimulation and paraffin wax treatments can also be used to reduce levels of pain and restore range of motion.