Patients recovering from stroke and experiencing mobility difficulties are a common diagnosis seen by Steven Nicholson, PT. Neurological patients present some unique challenges in the inpatient environment. We asked Steven how he works with an acute care approach to neuro, and he recommended these three focuses to help short-term patients reach a safe and improved level of stability before discharge.
The initial goal must be education for both the patient and the family/primary caregiver. Because the patient may be experiencing cognitive impairment due to the stroke, it is important to provide comprehensive education for the family.
Over the past decade we have seen an explosion of research on how to become more effective in dealing with patients who are in pain. Global statistics consistently demonstrate 25 percent of the world’s population deal with chronic pain. Looking at current research, one of the overriding treatment strategies is patient education.
The physical, neurological and emotional challenges that may arise from an acquired brain injury (ABI) are vast. Different causes and injuries create consequences that vary among individuals. Therapists need to be perceptive in order to both address struggles and provide avenues for constructive thinking.
RehabVisions Hospital Compliance Manager Brenda Kemling, PT, also the Iowa Federal Affairs Liaison for APTA, is in DC today for PT Day on Capitol Hill. This morning, Brenda and more than 1,000 other physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students gathered on Capitol Hill for a #PTTransforms rally before meeting with their elected representatives in Congress.
Last month we asked Regional Clinical Manager Jolene Denn, SLP to share how her team approaches dementia and her OT’s role. Jolene is an expert on dementia and has presented a CEU course on the subject to RehabVisions therapists. This month she is sharing specific treatment techniques to consider when treating patients with a dementia diagnosis.