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Overview: Neurorehabilitation (PT and OT)

At the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, our board certified specialists use cutting-edge technology and customized exercises during one-on-one individualized treatment sessions. Our physical and occupational therapy programs are specifically tailored to the needs of those experiencing the effects of brain disorders. By incorporating patients’ interests and hobbies and offering socially enriching experiences, we work to increase our patients’ mobility and agility while decreasing fatigue and falls.

Our goal is to leverage research, provide expert care to patients and their caregivers and empower patients to live independently as long as possible. Thanks to a grant from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health expanded its neurorehabilitation program by adding new equipment to both physical and occupational therapy programs.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists work with patients and their caregivers to improve an individual’s ability to perform everyday activities with greater ease, satisfaction and independence through education and physical and/or cognitive interventions. Occupational therapy at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is recommended when symptoms arising from cognitive issues, fatigue, or physical impairment make it difficult for an individual to perform:

  • Activities of daily living: Bathing, dressing, grooming, driving, self-feeding and toileting
  • Home management tasks: Preparing meals, cleaning or doing laundry, managing medication
  • Work-related tasks: Typing, dialing or manipulation requiring fine motor skills

If you are experiencing decreased independence with self-care as a result of fatigue, memory or concentration impairments, or physical decline, ask your doctor how an occupational therapist might help.

Physical Therapy

Research shows that physical fitness improves cognitive fitness. Cardiovascular exercise can limit cognitive impairment in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, and reduce the risk of dementia in older adults. Cardiovascular exercise increases blood flow to the brain and there is evidence that it slows progression of clinical symptoms and brain atrophy.

The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas offers a brain health exercise program — featuring one-on-one physical therapy as well as group exercise classes — for patients with degenerative brain diseases, including memory impairment, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

The team of certified neurologic and geriatric physical therapists customizes exercises to meet patients’ needs and incorporate their interests and hobbies. Our goal is to maximize a patient’s quality of life and ability to execute the activities of daily living safely and confidently.

Group Exercise Classes

The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health offers four-week sessions of twice weekly group exercise classes conducted by physical therapists. There are two levels of classes: one for those who can exercise while standing; another for those who prefer to remain seated. Participants enjoy socializing with others in the group and really enjoy the activities. They have more energy and are better able to get out into the community, take walks and go shopping.

Family caregivers attend physical therapy and exercise classes with participants and learn exercises they can do together safely at home.

Call 702.483.6032 for more information or download one of our fliers below to learn more. Cost is $10 per class.

Boxing for Parkinson's Disease

A national evidence-based program, Rock Steady Boxing brings boxing-style training to people with Parkinson’s disease. In a study of Rock Steady Boxing, participants who complete 12 weeks of training had measurable improvements in gait, balance and quality of life. Boxing addresses more than 20 different areas affected by Parkinson’s, including agility, coordination and mental focus. Boxing is empowering and helps relieve depression.

Starting in 2014, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s Rock Steady Boxing classes have been held twice weekly at the Richard Steele Boxing Club in Las Vegas. A retired boxing referee who has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Mr. Steele, now a certified Rock Steady Boxing trainer, assesses prospective participants and teaches classes in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic physical therapists.