Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) May 29, 2014 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attributes one in 19 deaths in the United States to stroke, killing nearly 130,000 each year. Further, stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability, reducing mobility in more than half of stroke survivors above age sixty-five.
During National Stroke Awareness Month, all physical therapy owned locations within Therapeutic Associates who are members of the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (PPS) are educating patients on how to reduce the risk of stroke and recovery.
“Though stroke is not always preventable, there are many behavior changes we can make to greatly reduce the risk of stroke, including changes in exercise and diet,” said Scott Wick (Director of Marketing). “Those at highest risk of stroke should consider eliminating smoking and heavy drinking, and equally important, introduce exercise and a balanced diet to remain healthy and strong.”
Because stroke affects each individual differently, recovery plans are highly tailored to meet very specific needs. However, the following are among the most common areas that require Therapeutic Associates physical therapists’ expertise:
• Strengthening Motor Skills – exercises to help improve muscle strength and coordination;
• Mobility Training – relearning to walk and safely navigate in the home and community are aided by exercises, education and the use of walking aids (walker, cane, plastic brace) to provide necessary stability and assistance; and
• Range of Motion Therapy – treatments to help lessen muscle tension and regain range of motion in affected joints.
Lastly, rehabilitation from stroke should begin as soon after the incident as possible, and may help overcome communication disorders, in addition to challenges with mobility.
Therapeutic Associates opens its doors to anyone interested in stroke prevention or recovery. For more information, please visit http://www.therapeuticassociates.com
About The Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association
Founded in 1956, the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association champions the success of physical therapist-owned businesses. Our members are leaders and innovators in the health care system. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 85,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy nationwide. For more information, please visit http://www.ppsapta.org.
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