Stroke Physiotherapy Edmonton

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In Step Physical Therapy, Edmonton- Reclaiming Life After Stroke

Welcome to a new journey where challenges become stepping stones. At In Step Physical Therapy, Edmonton, we have over 20 years of experience in physiotherapy and personalized neurological rehabilitation in Edmonton. Our mission is to help stroke survivors reclaim their independence and improve their quality of life. Our expert team, including therapists with  Masters’s and several postgraduate courses in neurosciences, provides personalized care that caters to your unique needs and abilities.

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What is Stroke Physiotherapy?

Stroke Physiotherapy is a specialized field of rehabilitation aimed at helping stroke survivors regain their strength, mobility, motor skills and overall function. Strokes can significantly impact both physical and cognitive abilities. Our physiotherapy services and cutting-edge neurorehabilitation techniques play a vital role in a patient’s recovery journey by significantly enhancing mobility and independence. We strive to improve balance, coordination, strength, cognitive function, and overall neurological health.

  • The Bioness L300 Go is a small, wearable cuff-like device placed around the patient’s leg to stimulate the nerves in the area causing muscles to contract and produce movement. It is designed to improve mobility, balance, walking speed, and endurance. 
  • The Bioness H200 is a device worn like a glove designed for individuals with hand paralysis caused by neurological conditions. It helps to activate nerves and muscles, aiding in hand movement and function assisting with tasks such as gripping, releasing, and fine motor skills.

The step-by-step process

At In Step Physical Therapy, we follow a systematic approach to assess patients who have suffered a stroke. The general process of assessments for stroke physiotherapy will follow the subsequent steps:

    1. Initial Consultation: The physical therapist will gather information about the patient's medical history and the details of their stroke. This will include asking about the patient's symptoms, their daily activities, and their specific goals for therapy.
    2. Physical Examination:  After the initial consultation, a comprehensive physical examination is conducted, which may include:
      1. Motor Function Assessment: The therapist will evaluate the patient's movement and muscle strength. This might include tests for balance, coordination, gait, and the functionality of the upper and lower limbs.
      2. Sensory Examination: This assesses the patient's sense of touch, temperature, and proprioception (sense of body position and movement).
      3. Neurological Examination: The physical therapist will assess the patient's reflexes and neural integrity related to the affected areas.
      4. Functional Assessment: This involves evaluating the patient's ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, eating, bathing, and other tasks.
      5. Goal Setting: Once the assessments are completed, the therapist and patient will work together to establish realistic and patient-centred goals for the therapy. Goals are typically functional and may involve improving mobility, balance, or the ability to perform specific tasks.
    3. Treatment Plan Development: Based on the assessments and the agreed-upon goals, the therapist will develop a tailored treatment plan. This plan includes various therapeutic exercises, mobility training, balance activities, and the use of assistive devices.
    4. Continuous Evaluation and Progress Monitoring: Throughout the physiotherapy program, the therapist will continuously evaluate the patient's progress toward their goals. Regular reassessments will ensure that the therapy is effective and that the treatment plan is adjusted as necessary to keep up with the patient's changing needs and abilities.

Why Choose In Step Physical Therapy In Edmonton?

Expertise: We boast over 20 years of experience in stroke rehabilitation, and our team includes highly qualified physiotherapists.

Evidence-Based Practice:  We stay informed about the latest research and guidelines in stroke physiotherapy and neurorehabilitation, implementing these insights to ensure optimal recovery.

Compassionate Care: Our team is committed to creating a supportive and caring environment for our patients to recover and thrive.

Holistic Approach: We don’t just treat symptoms – our treatment plans consider recovery’s physical, psychological, and social aspects. We have a multidisciplinary team of physiotherapists, massage therapists, lymphatic massage therapists, personal trainers, kinesiologists, psychologists and nutrition practitioners to assist your recovery process.

Neuro Rehab Gym: Our gym has two parallel bars, a low mat and several neurorehabilitation enhancing equipment. Our neuro-trained physical therapy assistants have several years of experience working with neuro patients with positive therapeutic outcomes.

Stroke Rehabilitation Techniques at In Step Physical Therapy

At In Step Physical Therapy Clinic, we take the utmost care to provide holistic treatment to our patients with the help of our experienced team and the following state-of-the-art techniques.

Our Services at In Step Physical Therapy

We offer comprehensive services which include:

  1. Individualized Assessment: We conduct thorough evaluations to understand each patient’s needs, health status, and recovery goals.
  2. Personalized Rehabilitation Plan: Based on the assessment, we design a customized rehabilitation plan that includes specialized neurorehabilitation techniques when appropriate.
  3. Hands-On Therapy: We offer treatments that involve stretching, strengthening exercises, balance and coordination activities, functional training, and neurological rehabilitation exercises aimed at improving daily living activities.
  4. Patient and Family Education: We believe in empowering our patients and their families with knowledge about stroke recovery, prevention of secondary complications, lifestyle modifications, and home exercise programs.
  5. Community Integration: We guide to help patients to regain confidence and re-integrate into their communities, participate in social activities, and resume their hobbies and interests.

FAQ:

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section for more information on stroke, physiotherapy, neurorehabilitation, our services, and more.

Early recognition of a stroke can significantly improve recovery outcomes. The FAST test is an easy way to identify potential signs of a stroke:

  • F – Face: Does one side of the face droop when attempting to smile?
  • A-Arm: Is one arm weak or numb? If both arms are raised, does one arm drift downward?
  • S – Speech: Is speech slurred or difficult to understand?
  • T – Time: If any of these signs are observed, it’s time to call emergency services immediately.
  • Time is of the essence when dealing with a stroke. Quick medical intervention can limit damage and enhance the prospects for recovery.

Each stroke is different and there are various factors which impact the recovery process. So there is no definitive period of recovery. 

It varies from 60 min to 90 min depending on the session and patient goals.

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