As the leading cause of disability in the United States, stroke affects people of all ages and can cause a wide range of problems, including:
- Memory difficulties
- Swallowing and language problems
- Walking or balance trouble
- Difficulty with daily activities
Individualized Stroke Treatment for Optimal Results
Because each person’s needs are different, the integrated stroke rehabilitation team helps identify your priorities and customize your treatment plan.
Overseen by a physiatrist from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, your comprehensive stroke treatment plan may include:
- Rehabilitation techniques
- Medical management
- Methods of treating and preventing impairment
Stroke education, aimed at optimizing your recovery, is also an important component of your care plan. You, and your family and friends, receive information to help recognize the warning signs of stroke and minimize your risk for additional strokes.
Learn more about inpatient stroke treatment and rehab at UPMC.
Continuum of Care
Following discharge from inpatient rehab, follow-up care with a doctor is vital to ensure that all possible supportive therapies are prescribed and carried out through your recovery from stroke.
Our outpatient therapy services address post-stroke issues such as:
- Gait disorder
- Difficulties in dressing, bathing, and other daily activities
- Difficulty swallowing
- Vestibular disorder
- Bowel and bladder dysfunction
- Neuropsychological assessments
- Returning to work or school
Outpatient services are available at multiple UPMC locations, including UPMC Mercy and UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Clinic.