About Neurorehabilitation Therapy
Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Therapy, located at Medical Plaza - Miller (formerly CompRehab Plaza) near the campus of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, provides specialized services for patients with neurological problems such as stroke, head or spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease, ALS, spasticity and multiple sclerosis. Patients with vestibular difficulties, amputations and multiple injuries from trauma are also treated here.
The goal of the Neurorehabilitation therapy team is to help patients reach their highest level of function in their homes, in their communities and with their leisure activities. For some patients, the goal is to return to work or school. For others, it is to live independently. A rehabilitation program is tailored to each patient’s needs and can include treatment for physical impairments, difficulties with communication, swallowing problems, visual difficulties, or problems with memory or judgment.
Therapy Services Available
Patients participating in occupational therapy re-learn activities of daily living, such as feeding, dressing, bathing, toileting, and home and money management. These activities may be practiced to help increase patients’ strength and coordination or improve their thinking skills. Patients may also learn to use new equipment or try new methods to perform a skill. In addition, an occupational therapist may suggest special equipment or other changes needed in each patient’s home.
Patients participating in Physical Therapy will work on a variety of activities to improve their overall mobility and safety. Sessions are designed to improve a patient's strength, balance, transfers, and walking or wheelchair mobility. Therapists will train patients as appropriate for their individual needs and deficits. This may include:
- Range of Motion
- Transfer training
- Wheelchair mobility
- Vestibular therapy
- Equipment recommendations
- Home Exercise Program/Community Exercise Program
Patients participating in recreation therapy practice activities that involve leisure skills, social interaction, and community re-entry. New ways of doing things may be introduced to help patients continue to participate in previous interests or hobbies. New interests may also be pursued.
Patients participating in speech-language therapy work to improve speech, communication, language, thinking and swallowing skills. Language involves listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. Thinking skills include memory, problem solving, judgment, attention and organization.
The social worker provides individual and family counseling, links patients and families to services and resources in the community, helps patients obtain equipment, offers education regarding disability adjustment, and serves as a patient/family advocate. The social worker keeps the family informed of the patient's progress, and sets up team and family conferences.