Stroke and Neurological Rehabilitation
Our physical, occupational and speech therapists work together to address neurological impairments. Diagnoses treated include:
- Balance Disorders
- Brain Injuries
- Acute concussion and post-concussion syndrome
- CVAs (stroke)
- Gait Disturbance
- Lower/Upper Extremity Amputations
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson's Disease
- Peripheral Nerve Injuries
- Post-Concussion Syndrome
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Vestibular Disorders
In addition, specialty services are available such as:
Wheelchair Fitting / Mobility Training
This service is for patients who use wheelchairs as their primary means of mobility and who require specialized seating. Patients receive assistance in acquiring new wheelchairs (power and manual) and seating systems tailored to their specific needs. In addition, wheelchair users with seating problems are assisted in finding solutions.
Visual Perception Assessment
Our therapists use standardized tests and functional performance assessments to evaluate patients with visual disturbances including:
- Field cuts
- Double vision
- Depth perception deficits
Patients receive information on how to modify their environment to accommodate vision deficits.
UPH- Meriter neurologic physical therapists have advanced training in working with patients who have difficulty with walking due to a neurologic problem. Therapists complete a thorough assessment of your walking pattern, and then evaluate your strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and motor control to determine the underlying issues that contribute to the challenges you are having with walking.
Therapists use a variety of tools to work on walking, including hands on training, customized exercises, and the use of specialized equipment and technologies.
Examples of this include:
EksoNR™ Robotic Exoskeleton
As part of our commitment to rehabilitation, UPH-Meriter uses cutting-edge technology to help patients regain their strength, mobility, confidence, and freedom. EksoNR is the first robotic exoskeleton indicated for stroke and spinal cord injury NeuroRehabilitation. The wearable device augments strength to help patients stand and relearn to walk, improving their step patterns, weight shifting, and posture.
Each year, as many as 15 million individuals suffer a stroke and 500,000 experience a spinal cord injury. Early mobilization is especially beneficial for stroke recovery. Gait training with this exoskeleton suit is one of the latest advancements in stroke treatment and NeuroRehab in general.
Most patients take an average of 400 steps their first-time training in the device. It is the most clinically used exoskeleton and patients around the world have taken over 100 million steps and counting.
For more information on rehabilitation for stroke or other neurologic injuries using the EksNR robotic exoskeleton, contact your doctor or Meriter therapies. A physical therapy evaluation will help determine eligibility to use the exoskeleton in rehabilitation.
Body Weight Supported Gait Training with Lite Gait
This gait training tool is a postural-control device that reduces the amount of weight borne by the patient. It can be used for patients of all ages with a wide range of impairments and walking abilities, due to a variety of diagnoses including CVA (stroke), incomplete spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease.
It provides the patient with proper posture, reduces weight bearing, eliminates the risk for falling, and allows for the training of coordinated leg movement with walking over ground or on a treadmill. As you improve, the amount of assistance provided by this tool is decreased allowing you to do more and more.
Driver's Readiness Program
After a serious illness or injury, there can be questions about safely returning to the road. Our Driver's Readiness Program is a unique evaluation process that helps determine an individual's ability to drive safely. Occupational therapists and rehabilitation psychologists work with each patient to test his or her skills and decide how to safely modify the vehicle.