Your Home Exercise Program (HEP) post-CVA or Stroke will largely depend on a number of circumstances, such as time since CVA, what kind of CVA, and location of CVA. What you are able to do will dictate what you work on at home. Your HEP is an extension of your work in the clinic and is your way of taking responsibility for the journey to recovery.
What your therapist will have you do in clinic for a stroke is largely determined by the type of CVA, where in the brain it occurred, and how long ago it happened. PT will focus on mobility, prevention of contractures, strengthening, the use of orthotics such as splints and braces,
This week at Elite Physical Therapy and Balance, we are examining cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), otherwise commonly known as strokes. A stroke is the sudden lack of oxygen to the brain caused by a blockage or rupture of an artery to the brain. Arteries supply blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the brain. There are three ways an artery can be damaged resulting in a CVA.