Neurological

http://pennstatehershey.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=107&pid=33&gid=001806Persons with neurological symptoms have a wide variety of symptoms and abilities. Care of these patients begins with a full evaluation of strength and mobility and of other areas of concern to the patient. A personalized program is then established for each individual and may include services provided by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech/ language therapists. We also work with our Neurologists and Neurosurgeons to provide the continuum of care.

Diagnoses that can be treated by our therapists include:

Symptoms of stroke that can be treated by therapists include:

  • Hemiparesis or weakness of one side of the body
  • General weakness
  • Balance deficits
  • Difficulty walking (gait dysfunction)
  • Difficulty dressing or performing daily activities
  • Difficulty with speaking, swallowing, or memory

Activities that may be addressed with persons with spinal cord injury include:

  • Wheelchair mobility skills-propulsion, ascending/descending curb, ascending/descending stairs in w/c, wheelies, gliding in wheelie position
  • Transfers from wheelchair to various surfaces including the floor
  • Bed mobility
  • Equipment recommendations/evaluations
  • Dressing
  • Gait training for those with incomplete injuries
  • Strengthening

Types of spinal cord injuries:

  • Complete quadriplegia
  • Sensory and/or motor incomplete quadriplegia
  • Complete paraplegia
  • Sensory and/or motor incomplete paraplegia