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Stroke & Neurological Rehabilitation

Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy offers a comprehensive outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy program for patients with neurological conditions. This program can help the individual with neurological deficits progress toward a more independent lifestyle. Our therapists specializing in neurological treatment are involved in research and stay abreast of current treatment approaches using evidence-based practice. We are able to address a wide variety of individual needs ranging from the person who requires assistance throughout the day, to the person ready to return to work. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to participate in therapy sessions in order to carry over newly learned skills at home.

Who is stroke & neurological rehabilitation for?

Adults diagnosed with neurological diseases or conditions including, but not limited to:

What does stroke & neurological rehabilitation involve?

Our therapists evaluate the specific needs of the patient and select a technique or a combination of techniques to serve the individual’s needs. These include:

Physical Therapy
  • Gait analysis and training to promote improved skills for walking
  • Use of a suspended treadmill for partial body weight support (LiteGait)
  • Use of motor learning devices long with skilled treatment
  • Balance training (fall risk reduction)
  • Transfer training (sit to stand, wheelchair to bed or chair, floor to stand)
  • Equipment for mobility
  • Joint range of motion, strengthening and endurance
  • Orthotics management
  • Aquatics/pool therapy
  • Patient and family education
Occupational Therapy

Treatment activities to promote functional use of the hand and arm, which can include:

  • Strengthening and range of motion
  • Coordination training
  • Customized or prefabricated splinting; serial casting
  • Self-care skills training (activities of daily living), including: dressing, bathing, toileting, self-feeding
  • Home management, leisure and work skills training
  • Functional cognitive/safety training
  • Adaptive equipment for self-care and home management
  • Low vision training
  • Driving rehabilitation
  • Patient and family education
Speech Therapy
  • Articulation and voice improvement
  • Aphasia/Language therapy
  • Cognitive retraining for memory and attention as well as organizing and planning
  • Computer aided speech or alternative non-vocal communication
  • Swallowing therapy
  • Patient and family education

How long will stroke & neurological rehabilitation take?

This will vary by person and diagnosis. Activities are progressed to an independent routine to maintain gains achieved in the structured setting. Community exercise programs are offered in some locations and are structured to help people maintain and possible improve their functional abilities in a supportive, caring environment once outpatient physical and occupational therapy are completed. A caregiver must also attend this program.