Typical conditions treated include, but are not limited to:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Head Injury
- Post Polio Syndrome
- Huntington’s Disease
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Cancer of the Nervous System
- Medical and infectious disease processes which can lead to neurological damage
After orders are obtained from the referring physician, a detailed
initial examination for each discipline will be administered. With input
from the referring physician, other caregivers, and the patient and
family, an individualized care plan will be developed and submitted to
the referring physician for approval.
From the care plan, more specific ways to achieve the goals are
formulated and may include exercises, activities or lifestyle
modifications, as well as potential recommendations for assistive
devices or orthoses to minimize the patient’s loss of function.
Physical Therapy will evaluate and address deficits in many areas of a patient’s functional capacity, such as:
- Aerobic capacity / endurance
- Arousal, attention, cognition
- Cranial and peripheral nerve integrity
- Environmental/ home/work barriers
- Ergonomics and body mechanics
- Gait, locomotion and balance
- Skin integrity
- Joint integrity and mobility
- Motor function (dexterity, coordination, agility)
- Muscle performance (strength, power and endurance)
- Neuromuscular development and sensory integration
- Range of motion
Occupational therapy evaluates and focuses treatment through many of
the same methods listed above as they relate to the need for upper
extremity rehabilitation. Further interventions can include splinting,
activities of daily living and home safety evaluations.
Speech & Vocal Therapy
Speech therapy evaluates and addresses neurological communication and
swallowing disorders, which may result from nervous system damage from
disease processes or vocal cord paralysis due to a neurological event.
Communication disorders include:
- Aphasia: Impairment of language, which may affect auditory comprehension, verbal expression, reading, writing and mathematical skills.
- Apraxia: Impairment of voluntary control of speech movement.
- Dysarthria: Difficulties speaking due to motor weakness, slowness or coordination of the tongue or lips.
- Cognitive linguistic disorders: Impairment of attention, memory, and problem solving and reasoning skills.
- Tone, rate and volume control disorders
Additionally, dysphagia or difficulty swallowing may also result from
nervous system damage. A 3-phase esophagram can be scheduled and
completed in radiology to evaluate swallowing function. Following the
swallow study, outpatient treatment can address any recommended diet
modifications, compensatory swallowing strategies, and exercise to
increase the strength of the swallowing function.
Our rehabilitation therapies offer a multidisciplinary approach to
patients who are dealing with a neurological disease or recovering from a
neurological event. It is imperative that therapy begin as soon as
possible following the acute brain injury as the optimum recovery of
function occurs within six to nine months following the event. Teams of
therapists work with the patient’s physician to determine and execute
the best treatment plan for each patient.
Therapies that are used for this type of treatment can include
physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy (including
specialized voice intervention).
Location and Contact Information
Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapies are available together at:
8550 Naab Rd, Suite 100