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Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability. At Capital Health, we offer inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for those who have experienced a stroke. You may have had therapy while you were in the hospital. Our inpatient therapists are trained in early intervention and mobilization techniques. A collaborative, multidisciplinary team approach is used for each patient throughout his or her hospital stay. After discharge from Capital Health or another hospital, our experienced outpatient therapists are skilled at continuing your care.
Common symptoms following a stroke can include:
- Decreased ability to swallow and/or communicate effectively
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty in carrying out activities of daily living
- Decreased strength
- Decreased range of motion
Physical therapy may help you to:
- Improve strength, coordination and flexibility of your body, especially the lower extremities
- Reduce pain
- Restore ability to move in/out of bed more easily
- Improve ability to walk
Occupational therapy may help you to:
- Reduce pain
- Improve strength, coordination and flexibility of your body, especially the upper extremities
- Re-learn activities of daily living (grooming, dressing, bathing)
Speech-language therapy may help you:
- Improve communication
- Identify the safest diet and swallowing strategies (including outpatient VitalStim® Therapy System)
- Improve cognition
- Enhance memory
- Increase attention
Our therapists will work with you to design a therapy program that especially fits your needs.
Therapy sessions are generally two to three times per week for 4-6 weeks. Home exercises and activities are usually given as homework. Schedule time for an evaluation so your therapist can listen to your concerns and evaluate your performance.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention