Neurological & stroke rehabilitation

Each year, approximately 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot receive the blood it needs and therefore starts to die. 

Strokes can cause muscle weakness, sensory loss, visual deficits, nausea and vomiting, changes in speech and swallowing, dizziness, difficulty breathing and gait disorder. Specifically, a stroke often causes muscle weakness and/or loss of sensation in the arm and/or leg opposite the side of the brain affected by the stroke. 

A stroke, brain injury, tumor, or degenerative neurological condition can significantly impact the ability to plan and perform activities of daily living (i.e. dressing, feeding, bathing, tying shoes, etc.). A stroke can also cause a person to be able to see objects only in certain parts of his or her field of vision.

At Edward-Elmhurst Rehab, we have several physical, occupational, and speech therapists who specialize in recovery from stroke and address all of these issues to maximize functional independence. Whether the stroke happened three weeks or six months ago, rehabilitation can significantly help to improve motor control, balance, gait, self-care, speech, and quality of life.

Our therapists specialize in the treatment of all neurological diagnoses, including stroke. Because patients often require multiple therapies, such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, we’ll help coordinate your appointments so you can see all your specialists at your convenience.

What makes us different?

  • One-on-one treatments with the same therapist each session
  • All treatments provided by a licensed therapist 
  • Focus on function 
  • Personalized goal setting 
  • All three services offered at our Naperville Dynacom Location with individual services offered at other locations

Stroke and neuro services

Our progressive services benefit patients with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Balance and gait disorders
  • Guillan Barre
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Vestibular dysfunction

Learn more about our exceptional care for neurological diseases and stroke.

Neurological occupational therapy

Occupational therapists can help with upper body coordination, strength and fine motor skills to improve daily functioning. They use repetitive training and integration of adaptive techniques to retrain muscle function and allow for success during daily routine and activities in the community. Occupational therapists also perform cognitive re-training in relation to home management activities, driving and returning to work safely.

Neurological occupational therapy treatments include:

  • Ocular (eye) training
  • Functional task training
  • Improving ability to effectively perform self-care and home management activities
  • Improving ability to return to driving
  • Improving ability to return to work
  • Implementation of strategies to assist with cognition during daily activities
  • Improving ability to return to leisure activities

Learn more about occupational therapy.

Neurological speech therapy

Our speech therapists can assist with difficulties in attention, awareness, orientation, memory, problem solving, and reasoning skills resulting from a brain injury, brain tumor, or degenerative neurological condition.

Learn more about speech therapy.

Neurological physical therapy

A stroke often causes muscle weakness and/or loss of sensation in the arm and/or leg opposite the side of the brain affected by the stroke. Physical therapists promote independence with functional mobility through strength and endurance training, facilitation of neuro-motor control and coordination, addressing changes in muscle tone, and retraining gait. Physical therapy can also address pain and help ease challenges of daily routines through corrective and compensatory strategies to decrease task difficulty and improve safety.

Neurological physical therapy treatments include:

  • Strengthening
  • Range of motion and mobility training
  • Posture training
  • Transfer training
  • Balance and gait training
  • Body weight supported gait & ADL training
  • Functional task training
  • Patient, family and caregiver education
  • Assistive and mobility device training, including orthoses and prostheses
  • Wheelchair fitting

Learn more about physical therapy.

Concussion rehabilitation

A concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain that can cause neurometabolic changes in the brain. This is often not visualized through MRI or CT Scan. Our rehabilitation therapists perform a thorough examination and create an individualized treatment program to help you recover faster.

Learn about concussion management.

LSVT BIG and LOUD for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease affects movement, muscle control and balance. It can affect daily physical activities through an increase in muscle stiffness, slowness in movement, decreased size of movement, resting tremors and gait disorder. It can also impact psychological mood, facial expression, increase fatigue and decrease volume of speech. LSVT is a protocol that was developed specifically to address the movement and speech impairments for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Learn more about LSVT BIG and LOUD for Parkinson's disease.

Vestibular rehabilitation

Vestibular disorders can greatly impact an individual’s function and ability to complete everyday tasks. Vestibular rehabilitation involves hands-on, exercise, and habituation techniques designed to reduce symptoms of vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, imbalance and falls, and motion sensitivity. All aimed to restore your normal function.

Learn more about vestibular rehabilitation.