Physical therapy performed under the guidance of licensed physical therapists strengthens and rehabilitates the body and, in the process, can amplify the effect of medications, improve motor function, prevent falls and give patients a sense of well-being.
Our physical therapists create an individualized plan for each patient and adjust the plan on an ongoing basis to reflect the patient's response. Caregivers are closely involved in the process to help identify the goals of therapy. They are also taught physical skills, such as how to safely transfer the patient from a bed to a wheelchair.
Our skilled therapists bring a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation and treatment of neurological conditions. Care is coordinated among occupational, physical and speech therapists and physicians.
We utilize a variety of treatment techniques, have state-of-the-art advanced equipment and utilize evidence-based practices during individual treatment sessions.
Disorders and dysfunctions that we treat include, but are not limited to:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Balance and gait training/falls risk reduction
- Traumatic brain injury
After a thorough evaluation and development of a plan of care, treatment may consist of:
- Neuromuscular re-education and motor retraining
- Partial body weight-supported treadmill training
- Range of motion, flexibility and strength training
- Self-care/home management training
Occupational therapy includes a tailored cognitive program to improve a patient's performance of daily activities. Driver rehabilitation is available at Cleveland Clinic main campus and Lakewood Hospital.
Speech/language therapy focuses on receptive language, or the ability to understand spoken words, and expressive language, or the ability to use words to express thoughts.
State-of-the-art equipment includes:
Balance Master objectively assesses and retrains the sensory and voluntary motor control of balance with visual biofeedback on stable or unstable support surfaces, and in a stable or dynamic visual environment.
Treadmill with zero starting speed, 1/10 mph speed increments. Endless parallel bars, combines with an unweighing system, provide neurological patients with a safe environment to re-establish functional ambulation.
Recumbent Cycle offers moderate cardio activity for users with limited mobility.
Wii video game is a fun and interactive way for patients to improve musculoskeletal strength, flexibility, endurance, balance and coordination.
Computerized brain training provides fun and engaging brain exercises that can help improve memory, focus and concentration.
Who is cognitive rehabilitation for?
Patients with the following conditions may benefit from cognitive rehabilitation:
- Alzheimer's disease
- Traumatic brain injury
- Head trauma
- Mild cognitive impairment
- Memory loss with Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis
What does cognitive rehabilitation involve?
The skilled staff work collaboratively with patients and caregivers to develop an individualized treatment program. Treatment approaches may include the use of organization strategies, structuring environment, memory books and brain fitness computer training programs. Goals of treatment may include improving such activities as preparing meals, grocery shopping, managing finances and medication. Another component of the program is aerobic exercise training with an emphasis on walking programs.
How long will cognitive rehabilitation take?
Typically patients are seen for a total of 12 visits over the course of a few months to develop strategies that promote cognitive health. Each visit lasts about one hour.