HealthSouth ~ Stroke Recovery

Insist on the Best Rehabilitation for Maximum Stroke Recovery
Although stroke is now the third largest cause of death in the United States, many people still do not know what a stroke is, its warning signs, and treatments for recovery.
Simply defined, stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease affecting the arteries leading to and within the brain. When a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts, a stroke occurs. As this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs. So, it starts to die. 
While a stroke can happen quickly, it is still important to understand a stroke’s warning signs to get medical help immediately. Every second counts, as time lost is brain lost. 
Stroke warning signs include:
• Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of body
• Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
• Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
A stroke patient’s greatest gains are made in the first 30 days following the stroke. Studies indicate that 60 percent of stroke survivors can benefit from aggressive rehabilitation intervention with 80 percent of those treated through rehabilitation services returning to their homes, work, schools or active retirement.
While the physical challenges that result from a stroke can be overwhelming, exciting new research is breaking through the barrier.
Advanced technologies for patient-centered treatments now available at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern Arizona include the AutoAmbulator™.Designed by HealthSouth, the AutoAmbulator is a sophisticated treadmill device using the therapeutic concept of body weight-supported ambulation and robotics to help patients with gait disorders. This improves stride and balance to help stroke patients gain confidence in walking again.
Also, many stroke patients develop dysphagia, making it difficult or impossible to swallow.  Using the electrical stimulation of VitalStim® therapy at HealthSouth, these patients can greatly increase their swallow function.
Bioness® also offers state-of-the-art technology for maximized therapy. Patients benefit from its NESS H200®, electrically stimulating thumb and finger movements for
extraordinary results. Ergonomic and sleek in design, the NESS H200 surrounds a patient’s hand and forearm for proper limb positions. Five surface electrodes integrated into the system stimulate and activate the hand to facilitate neuromuscular re-education.
Therapeutic treatment programs and functional modes are pre-programmed, providing the clinician and the patient control over the desired hand activation. Once the NESS H200 is fitted on a patient, movement can begin immediately, offering an encouraging experience for renewed hope.
Using the NESS H200, patients can practice grasping and releasing objects, while also performing activities of daily living. With consistent treatment, patients can regain range of motion, while further reducing spasticity.
The Bioness NESS L300™ is another advanced system offering a mild, wireless electric stimulation to lift the foot, making it safer and easier to walk. When used by a patient, the NESS L300 makes it easier to walk on flat ground, up and down stairs, and on uneven surfaces. This lightweight device fits just below the knee and can be put on and taken off with one hand. Use of the NESS L300 may eliminate a patient’s need to wear a rigid, heavy orthosis.
When it comes to stroke, know the warning signs and take immediate action. Better yet, learn more about preventative measures you can take before one happens. For more information, call HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson at 520-325-1300 or HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern Arizona at 520-742-2800.
Sources:  National Rehabilitation Centers, American Stroke Association