Putting the patient first: how patient-centered care adds value to stroke recovery

“Client-centered” or “patient-centered” are buzz words treatment providers often use, but do we know what they mean? The concept of client-centeredness comes from the theories of Carl Rogers. And it has been adopted by many other professions including occupational therapy (OT). While your treatment team might be familiar with the ins and outs of what…

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Stem cell treatment and stroke: What’s in it for you? A Strokemark special report

“Stroke patient able to walk again after stem cell treatment.” The internet is full of stories like these. Stories that report the wonders of stem cells and present the treatment as a cure for everything. But is there any truth behind these headlines? As with anything else, if it sounds too good to be true,…

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Adding your favorite songs to your rehab program might do more than just lift your spirits

A good tune can help lift our spirits and enrich our lives. Besides making us happy, music can also help us improve our health. It turns out that we can use music to help us recover after a stroke. This simple, enjoyable remedy can be used with exercise programs during rehab! A recent study by…

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NASA and the strength-enhancing exosuit: are we any closer to making our Sci-Fi dreams a reality?

However you might feel about your body, there is no denying that, when it’s working, it’s great at what it does. Namely, it keeps you standing strong while performing the controlled movements you need to get you through the day. In fact, the design is so good that emulating it has become a science all…

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Improving diagnosis of ischemic stroke: meet the innovators

The release of a new app can help clinicians efficiently determine whether a patient would benefit from a thrombectomy. As a result, patients can quickly get the care they need. A thrombectomy is a life-saving procedure that removes a blood clot from inside an artery or vein. Experts typically perform this procedure in emergency situations, such as…

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Helping doctors predict the future after a stroke: 5 variables that determine your outcome

After a stroke, you and your loved ones are left wondering – what now? You might be experiencing new disabilities that limit your independence. Or, maybe you’re having trouble walking. Stroke can also make it harder for you to speak. All these limitations have a huge impact on your quality of life. The worse you…

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Fighting inactivity after stroke – why you should be working out years after a stroke

Exercise is good for you, and even suffering a stroke doesn’t excuse you from working out! No matter if you’ve just had a stroke a week ago, or a year ago, the prescription is the same. The best recipe for better health is 20-60 minutes of aerobics, such as walking or swimming, 3-5 days a week.…

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Setting goals in stroke rehabilitation can make a difference

What makes a successful rehabilitation effort and who calls the shots during it? Most medical professionals officially subscribe to a “person-centered” approach directed, in large part, by the patient. But is this an aspiration or a reality? A recent survey of the available literature looks at barriers to person-centeredness and how to get past them.…

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Recovering from stroke with the comforts of home

Rather than going to therapy, what if therapy could come to you? Traditionally, most stroke patients have to stay at a rehab center or travel to the closest one near their home. On top of having new disabilities and having to work out harder than ever, they have to arrange for their own transportation or…

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