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What Role Does Physical Therapy have in Stroke?

A stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident, occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted, either by a blockage or the rupture of a blood vessel. This lack of blood flow damages brain cells and lead to various symptoms such as weakness in the face, arm, or leg, difficulty speaking or understanding speech, and problems with balance or coordination. Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States and is also a leading cause of long term disability. Nearly 800,000 Americans have a stroke every year. 

Physical therapy plays a crucial role in stroke recovery by helping patients regain independence and improve their ability to walk. Through targeted exercises and interventions, physical therapists assist stroke patients in rebuilding strength, coordination, and balance, ultimately enabling them to regain mobility and perform daily activities more effectively. By tailoring treatment plans to individual needs, physical therapy facilitates the restoration of motor function, contributing significantly to the overall rehabilitation of stroke survivors.

 

Gait Training with Stroke Patient

Other Neurological Conditions Treated

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the brain’s functioning is disrupted due to an injury. Falls, car crashes, and blows to the head are the primary causes of TBI, resulting in approximately 2.8 million diagnosed cases annually in the United States. Among these cases, about 80% are classified as concussions, which represent a mild form of TBI. More severe TBIs can involve coma or altered conscious states as well as weakness, cognitive impairment, and behavioral change.

Physical therapists play a crucial role in aiding individuals with TBI to regain physical function and restore independence with daily tasks.



Spinal cord injuries (SCI) involve damage to your spinal cord, the bundle of nerve fibers that runs down your spine and allows for communication between your brain and other parts of the body. There are approximately 18,000 new traumatic SCIs that occur in the United States every year. 

Every spinal cord is unique and is highly dependent on where the injury is located in the spine. Spinal cord injury can be further classified into incomplete or complete injuries. That is, partial damage to the spinal cord or complete disruption of the spinal cord fibers respectively. 

Physical therapy is essential in helping patients regain independence and improve overall quality of life. Through targeted exercises, physical therapists work to improve mobility, strength, and functional abilities, allowing patients to maximize their potential for recovery and adapt to their new circumstances.

Parkinson’s disease arises from the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain responsible for producing dopamine, a chemical that regulates body movements, cognition,  and mood. The exact cause of Parkinson’s disease remains unknown. 

The severity and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can vary significantly. Cardinal signs of Parkinson’s disease include slowness of movement (bradykinesia), tremor, and muscle rigidity. 

Physical therapists greatly contribute to the management of Parkinson’s disease. Treatment includes exercises aimed at improving mobility, balance, and strength to help patients remain independent. 

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease where the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system. The resulting neurological symptoms can include weakness, numbness/tingling, and decreased coordination. The cause of MS remains unknown. There are approximately one million people living with MS in the United States.

Symptoms of MS can vary greatly among patients, both in terms of severity and type. Physical therapy remains an integral part of managing MS to help retain muscle strength, maintaining mobility, and slow disease progression. 

Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that results from an impact injury to the head. The field of concussion rehabilitation is rapidly developing and it is well accepted that physical therapy is the gold standard intervention.

Treatment includes neck exercises, vestibular rehabilitation, and vision therapy. Click here to learn more about how physical therapy can help with concussion.  

Migraine headaches can take on many different forms necessitating highly individualized care plans. Besides headache, migraine can also cause dizziness as well as facial pain. Click here to learn more about how physical therapy can help with migraine. 

Treatment techniques can include manual therapy, strengthening, normalizing of neck motion, and vestibular therapy to address dizziness. 

Discussion of lifestyle factors such as general exercise habits, sleep hygiene, relaxation techniques, and diet are also part of a comprehensive treatment plan. 

Dizziness is one of the leading causes of doctor’s visits. Being dizzy greatly hampers daily activities like reading, grocery shopping, or driving. Individuals suffering from dizziness often describe various sensations, including feeling faint, woozy, or unsteady. The term vertigo is defined as the false perception of movement of oneself or the surrounding environment. Physical therapy intervention for dizziness has been shown to be highly effective and is known as vestibular rehabilitation.

Click here to learn more about how physical therapy helps with dizziness. 

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I would highly recommend Jimmy Pang as a physical therapist. His professionalism, knowledge and flexibility made my knee replacement surgery a safe, effective and positive experience. He made the best use of our time together and created an exercise plan that allowed me to recover fully in my home environment, making adjustments as I improved, and successfully helped me regain my flexibility, mobility and strength. Jimmy is also a great listener and just a pleasure to be around! I look forward to seeing him again after my next knee replacement surgery.

I worked with Jimmy over the course of several months. I was lucky enough to find someone knowledgeable in treating sciatic nerve pain. Several months into my pregnancy, I started to experience severe sciatic nerve pain rendering me unable to walk at times, and unable to find relief on my own. When I started working with Jimmy, he took the time to get to know me and my situation. I could tell the care plan was tailored to my needs. During our sessions, he focused on identifying activities that showed the best results. He also took the time to show me exercises to do on my own. As my belly continued to get larger, I expected my back to get worse. However, the table stretches, and exercises Jimmy put together for me improved my back. I was more ambulatory and comfortable further into my pregnancy thanks to his knowledge and personalized care. If I had not received the level of care he provided I would have been unable to continue working. I highly recommend him if you’re looking for a knowledgeable physical therapist who genuinely cares about the outcomes of his patients.

Jimmy took my pain seriously, both physical and emotional, and utilized a variety of strategies to address it. He is a gem when it comes to sharing new resources and has introduced me to so many new treatment approaches, particularly at the forefront of pain management research. From his own experiences with chronic pain, he delivers insightful comments of empathy and support that really stuck with me, validated my experience, and served as a mantra helping make the hard times easier to get through. I've gone to Jimmy with instances of both acute and chronic pain. Jimmy has helped me through the acute instances, and reframed my relationship with lifelong pain as a journey with trial and error, peaks and valleys, mindfulness, and acceptance.

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