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Our team treats physical and mental limitations caused by stroke, brain injury and other nervous system disorders to maximize your independence.

What Is Stroke and Neurological Rehabilitation?

When signals from nerves can't reach the brain or the brain can't decode them properly, many problems can result.

Take stroke, for example: The effects can range from inability to move part of your body and difficulty swallowing, to faulty balance and blurred vision. This can have a devastating impact on your life.

Medical treatments to reverse this type of brain or nerve damage don't yet exist. But our stroke and neurological rehabilitation team can help you manage symptoms and make the most of your current abilities.

We're highly trained in techniques that take advantage of the brain's capacity to make new connections. This means you'll regain as much function as possible, depending on the nature of your injury or condition.

Our goal is to increase your independence and enable you to do activities important to you.

We can help reduce the effects of conditions such as:

  • Amputations (above and below the knee).

  • Concussion.

  • Dementia.

  • Guillain-Barré syndrome.

  • Mild brain injury.

  • Multiple sclerosis.

  • Neuropathy.

  • Parkinson's disease.

  • Spinal cord injury.

  • Stroke.

  • Traumatic brain injury.

Why Come to Us for Stroke or Neurological Rehabilitation?

We're dedicated to helping you minimize disabling symptoms so you can live the fulfilling life you deserve. Using evidence-based practice we assess your baseline abilities, then customize a treatment plan — including a safe home exercise routine — to your individual needs.

Other reasons to choose us include:

Yes, we have physical therapists who focus on walking, functional mobility, balance and coordination. But we also have team members with different sets of skills. Our occupational therapists are experts at working around your limitations to teach strategies for you to engage in everyday life tasks and favorite activities. And they're trained to help you relearn daily life skills. Then there are our speech pathologists who treat problems with speaking, as well as swallowing, thinking and planning.

Our therapists have gained a deep understanding of brain and nervous system problems by working only with patients who have these issues. And many of our team members have even more specialized skills. For instance, we have therapists with advanced training in a treatment that's designed specifically for people with conditions like Parkinson's. These physical and speech therapists have met demanding standards in order to be certified by an international body. (These subtypes of physical and speech therapy are known as LSVT Big and LSVT Loud.)

We also offer a service that's not available at most private physical therapy clinics: a Return to Drive program. Before getting back behind the wheel of a car after an event like a stroke, you'll need clearance from a medical professional. We're certified in assessing the motor and visual perceptual, abilities and reflexes necessary for driving safely based on MVA standards. While we don't administer road tests, we'll connect you with an organization that does this. And if you're not yet road-ready, we can help with treatment.

We know the people closest to you often help you manage from day-to-day. That's why we help your partner or loved one learn how best to support you. We also consult with your medical team and keep them up to date on how you're doing. Are you or your child coming to us for concussion treatment? We'll work with your family, school trainer and/or coach. Together, we help you or your child recover quickly and resume sports and other activities as safely as possible.

After you've experienced a stroke, your loved ones and treatment team members provide invaluable physical and emotional support. But unless they, too, have been in your shoes, there's no way they can truly understand what you're going through. We offer a monthly stroke support group where you can connect with other stroke survivors who "get it" through our Power of 2 Stroke Mentor Program.

Support, Resources & Events

  • Parkinson's Support and Education Group. With a Parkinson's diagnosis, you may feel as if the ground has been pulled out from under your feet. Learning how exercise can improve symptoms and even slow the progress of the disease can help. It can give you back some sense of control, and hope. A support group offers an opportunity to talk with others who are facing similar challenges and to share coping strategies. In fact, research suggests that attending a Parkinson's support group significantly improves quality of life, and lessens anxiety and depression. That's why we offer a Parkinson's Support and Educational Group. To learn more, talk to your physical therapist, or call Luminis Health Physical Therapy at 443-481-1140 to make an appointment.
  • Stroke Support Group. Adjusting to the physical and mental changes caused by a stroke can be a frustrating process. So it's not surprising that up to one in three stroke survivors will develop depression. But studies suggest that stroke support groups help people cope better with the effects of stroke. Not only that, stroke survivors who participate in support groups have a greater sense of confidence and a better self-image. They even tend to be more adept at completing day-to-day tasks than people who don't join support groups. At Luminis Health Physical Therapy, we believe offering a monthly stroke support group is part of best practice. To find out more, talk to your physical therapist, or call Luminis Health Physical Therapy.