According to the World Health Organization (2016), 15 million people suffer stroke worldwide each year. Of these, 5 million die and another 5 million are left permanently disabled.
During a stroke, or Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA), blood supply to certain regions of the brain is limited, leading to cell death. Consequently, certain motor functions of the body are lost. Some of the associated impairments of stroke can however be recovered through physiotherapy, which stimulates other regions of the brain to compensate for what has been lost through a process call neuroplasticity.
As well as gait impairments, stroke can cause the following impairments in the upper limb:
Physiotherapy management helps to maximise function, minimize impairments, minimize pain and prevent further complications by re-educating your motor control. Starting physiotherapy early is shown to have better outcomes in the long term (Harwood R, Huwez F, Good D., 2011).
At Phyioimpulse we provide the following treatment for your limitations, including:
At Physioimpulse in Bath, we use standardised evaluations and validated assessment tools to measure your progress and ensure that your goals are realistic, achievable and tailored to your needs*.
Unfortunately, outcome potential varies from case to case depending on the severity and region of stroke (CVA) and it is important to understand your prognosis from the offset. At Physioimpulse we make sure to discuss your goals and activities to ensure that you can achieve maximal participation in your daily activities.
* N.B.: We are a private OUTPATIENT clinic; we do not have supportive hospital equipment on site such as respiratory aids, walking aids, cranes, harnesses or additional supportive devices you would expect to find in a hospital environment. Our Bath Sports Centre and Phase One clinics are wheelchair accessible; however, please check with your GP and/or consultant that you and/or your care patients are suitable for outpatient rehabilitation before attendance.
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