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Stroke Rehabilitation Services in Baltimore, MD

When you or a loved one suffers a stroke, recovery can be a long, arduous process. Because strokes affect parts of your brain, you or your loved one may forget certain skills or abilities after the fact. Steady Strides offers stroke rehabilitation services in the Baltimore, MD, area so that you or your loved one can relearn the skills you may have lost through a stroke.

The Aftereffects of a Stroke and Rehabilitation

A large number of people who go through a stroke suffer from some sort of physical setback. However, the level or severity of these aftereffects varies widely depending on the severity of the stroke and the person themselves. Steady Strides is here to offer stroke rehabilitation that covers the entire range of disabilities. Our services will help you or your loved one gain independence and a higher quality of life.

Below, you’ll find more details about what kind of effects a stroke can have, and what some of your options are for recovery and rehabilitation.

Almost half of stroke survivors suffer with residual disabling limitations in moving around and activities of daily living. Most patients receive interventions to prevent strokes, but few undergo care of the disabling post-stroke limitations by an expert in stroke rehabilitation. Even though there is evidence that some lost function may be recovered years after the original stroke, most of the recovery tends to happen sooner rather than later and its of essence to have best stroke rehabilitation care provided as soon as possible.

After a stroke complications such as tightness (aka "spasticity") of arm or leg, shoulder pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), difficulty moving around and others are common, and often benefit from care by a physician trained to treat some of these post-stroke conditions. Coordination of care between stroke rehabilitation specialist physician and physical occupational and speech language pathology therapists is what usually provides best chance to attain maximum recovery.

For instance, one common condition after stroke is called spasticity. It can cause muscle tightness limiting being able to regain limb function, and in some cases limiting ability to get dressed to attend to hygiene appropriately. Spasticity management depending on patient, may involve specific physical/occupational therapy exercises, use of specific routines of rehabilitation modalities, oral medication management e.g. with baclofen, or chemodenervation (FDA approved, normally covered by insurance) with medical strength botulin toxin (one commonly known vendor is Botox). Botox works locally at the nerve/muscle junction to help reduce muscle tightness caused by the stroke. To help optimize recovery we work with our team of therapists to utilize therapeutic modalities and neuromuscular re-education techniques working along the neural pathways from muscle to brain to help maximize effects of our interventions. Deciding which of these interventions to use in which patient, at what time and how to coordinate it all together requires specialist physician oversight and for optimum results close team work with rehabilitation therapy specialists.

At Steady Strides our stroke rehabilitation medical specialist physiatrist, Dr Atanelov, will help diagnose the conditions that may be limiting your rehabilitation progress. Dr Atanelov will prescribe imaging or neurodiagnostic work up, oral medications, bracing, modalities or perform steroid or Botox injections as needed and provide a detailed holistic yet tailor-made rehabilitation prescription treatment plan. We will work closely with our highly trained on-site physical and occupational therapists working as a team to help maximize chances of your successful recovery.

Stroke Rehabilitation American Stroke Association