Neurological Rehabilitation

Neuro RehabConditions Treated

Typical conditions treated include, but are not limited to:

  • Multiple Sclerosis 
  • Vertigo 
  • Stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) 
  • Parkinson’s Disease 
  • ALS 
  • Spinal Cord Injury 
  • Head Injury 
  • Post Polio Syndrome 
  • Dementia 
  • Headache 
  • Huntington’s Disease 
  • Myasthenia Gravis 
  • Cancer of the Nervous System 
  • Medical and infectious disease processes which can lead to neurological damage 

Rehabilitation Process

outpatient treatment center

After orders are obtained from the referring physician, a detailed initial examination for each discipline will be administered. With input from the referring physician, other caregivers, and the patient and family, an individualized care plan will be developed and submitted to the referring physician for approval.

From the care plan, more specific ways to achieve the goals are formulated and may include exercises, activities or lifestyle modifications, as well as potential recommendations for assistive devices or orthoses to minimize the patient’s loss of function. 

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy will evaluate and address deficits in many areas of a patient’s functional capacity, such as:

  • Aerobic capacity / endurance 
  • Arousal, attention, cognition 
  • Circulation 
  • Cranial and peripheral nerve integrity 
  • Environmental/ home/work barriers 
  • Ergonomics and body mechanics 
  • Gait, locomotion and balance 
  • Skin integrity
  • Joint integrity and mobility 
  • Motor function (dexterity, coordination, agility) 
  • Muscle performance (strength, power and endurance) 
  • Neuromuscular development and sensory integration 
  • Pain 
  • Posture 
  • Range of motion 
  • Ventilation/respiration

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy evaluates and focuses treatment through many of the same methods listed above as they relate to the need for upper extremity rehabilitation. Further interventions can include splinting, activities of daily living and home safety evaluations.

Speech & Vocal Therapy

Speech therapy evaluates and addresses neurological communication and swallowing disorders, which may result from nervous system damage from disease processes or vocal cord paralysis due to a neurological event.

Communication Disorders

Communication disorders include: 

  • Aphasia: Impairment of language, which may affect auditory comprehension, verbal expression, reading, writing and mathematical skills. 
  • Apraxia: Impairment of voluntary control of speech movement. 
  • Dysarthria: Difficulties speaking due to motor weakness, slowness or coordination of the tongue or lips. 
  • Cognitive linguistic disorders: Impairment of attention, memory, and problem solving and reasoning skills. 
  • Tone, rate and volume control disorders

Dysphagia

Additionally, dysphagia or difficulty swallowing may also result from nervous system damage. A 3-phase esophagram can be scheduled and completed in radiology to evaluate swallowing function. Following the swallow study, outpatient treatment can address any recommended diet modifications, compensatory swallowing strategies, and exercise to increase the strength of the swallowing function.

Our rehabilitation therapies offer a multidisciplinary approach to patients who are dealing with a neurological disease or recovering from a neurological event. It is imperative that therapy begin as soon as possible following the acute brain injury as the optimum recovery of function occurs within six to nine months following the event. Teams of therapists work with the patient’s physician to determine and execute the best treatment plan for each patient.

Therapies that are used for this type of treatment can include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy (including specialized voice intervention).

Location and Contact Information

Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapies are available together at:

8550 Naab Rd, Suite 100
Indianapolis 46260
(317) 338-3364
Fax 338-6491