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Rice Rehabilitation program is to maximize the return of lost function by restoring physical ability, teaching new skills, and/or through modifying activities that will help increase your independence with the work, self-care, and leisure activities that are important to you.
- Stroke - CVA (Cerebrovascular accident)
- TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
- MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
- ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
Stroke - CVA (Cerebrovascular accident)
The sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen when the blood flow to the brain is impaired by blockage or rupture of an artery to the brain. A CVA is also referred to as a stroke. There are many, many problems that can occur as a result of a stroke. A person may have deficits on one side of their body, such as flaccidity, weakness or numbness. A person may have visual changes such as double vision or a field cut where you are unable to see to one side. A person may have cognitive and/or speech deficits including confusion, memory issues, word finding issues, etc.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury is defined as damage to the brain resulting from external mechanical force, such as rapid acceleration or deceleration, impact, or penetration by a projectile. Brain function is temporarily or permanently impaired and structural damage may or may not be detectable with current technology.
TBI can cause a host of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral effects, and outcome can range from complete recovery to permanent disability. Symptoms are dependent on the type of TBI (diffuse or focal) and the part of the brain that is affected. Symptoms are also dependent on the injury's severity. With mild TBI, the patient may remain conscious or may lose consciousness for a few seconds or minutes.
Other symptoms of mild TBI include headache, vomiting, nausea, lack of motor coordination, dizziness, difficulty balancing, lightheadedness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, and changes in sleep patterns. Cognitive and emotional symptoms include behavioral or mood changes, confusion, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Refer to www.nationalmssociety.org for details.
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
ALS is the most common type of adult-onset neurodegenerative disease. Commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, it progressively can cause muscle weakness, paralysis and respiratory failure. Early signs and symptoms of ALS include muscle twitches or cramping, weakness in legs or arms, and difficulty speaking or swallowing. As the disease progresses and attacks cells in the brain and spinal cord needed to keep muscles moving, signs become more noticeable such as inability to move body or inability to speak or eat.