CVA/TIA Stroke

At North Boulder Physical Therapy, we often support patients who have suffered CVA/TIA stroke and join their rehabilitation team. Our goal is to provide the physical therapy needed to help you return to work, resume everyday activities, mitigate pain and potentially prevent further stroke-related issues.

Whether you’ve experienced a stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) that resolved on its own, one of our physical therapists will assist you in regaining strength, mobility and function in affected areas.

Because the effects of a stroke are so varied, treatment must be individualized. We’ll start by evaluating and reviewing your medical information to determine how we may best help you recover. At that point, your physical therapist will develop a personalized rehabilitation plan focused on achieving your goals.

Right from the start, we can begin teaching and working with you on a variety of skills:

  • Maneuvering from your bed to a chair and vice versa
  • Performing exercises in bed or from a seated position
  • Regaining movement and function, including walking
  • Properly using support devices such a cane or walker
  • Improving overall balance, coordination and control

Techniques for Treating CVA/TIA Stroke

Based on your evaluation, one of our experts at North Boulder Physical Therapy will develop a unique program to address your specific stroke recovery needs. This may include any of the following methods:

  • Positioning – Proper positioning can help with pain, stiffness and spasms. We’ll teach you how to safely move from sitting to standing, and how to best support yourself while sitting or lying down using aids such as wedges and slings.
  • Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy – In CIMT, a patient’s stronger arm is confined so that the affected limb will be required to complete tasks. A consistent regimen can help to restore function, strength and control.
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation – For weakened muscles, FES can be used activate nerves and generate muscle movement. This has been known to re-teach the movement to the brain.

As we progress through your rehabilitation, we’ll add or remove techniques and/or devices so that we can fine-tune your CVA/TIA stroke recovery. At North Boulder Physical Therapy, we’re fully committed to helping you reach your goals and will go the extra mile to support you.

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