A stroke, technically known as a cerebral vascular accident (CVA), may be accompanied by a variety of problems. The result may be difficulty in speaking, inability to walk or loss of memory. One side of the body is typically involved, however with certain strokes, balance and use of both extremities can be impaired. The effects of stoke vary in both severity and permanence, depending on which brain cells have been damaged and the bodys ability to repair its system of supplying blood to the brain.
Beginning a rehabilitation program as soon as possible after a stroke is very important. To assist in recovery, an intensive therapy program helps individuals regain function and relearn skills. A specialized rehabilitation program provided by rehabilitation professionals enhances and enables individuals to reach optimal recovery.
ORTHOPEDIC AND JOINT REPLACEMENT
Orthopedic injuries vary in severity and medical management. Some injuries require surgical repair, while others are managed through traction, casting or splinting. Rehabilitation programs are specialized for each individual to meet the needs of the injury and method of repair.
Weight bearing and progression of activities are established by your orthopedic surgeon. Joint replacements are performed on various joints in the body. The two most common joint replacements seen by St. Marys Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Services are total knee and total hip. Specialized routines are established for progression of mobility and function. Total ankle replacements and total shoulder replacements are reviewed on an individual basi