For most people, surviving a stroke is just the first step in recovery, and nearly every patient will need some form of rehabilitation to restore function and thrive. At Johns Hopkins, we partner with you and your family to develop a customized rehabilitation plan to meet your recovery goals.
Stroke Rehabilitation: Why Choose Johns Hopkins
- Our rehabilitation specialists work closely with neurologists as soon as patients are admitted to the hospital, which helps assess the rehabilitation needs and start the process early, usually within a day of stroke.
- Our inpatient rehabilitation units offer comprehensive and intensive rehabilitation to help patients prepare for and transition to life at home or a sub-acute facility.
- Our rehab team follows patients through the continuum of care, from inpatient to outpatient rehab, homecare and reintegrating into the community.
- Our team uses technology, including noninvasive brain stimulation and a special gaming platform - a telehealth rehabilitation solution for continuing recovering at home.
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The Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute
Created through support from the United Arab Emirates, the Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute will comprise two centers: one devoted to stroke detection and diagnosis and the other to treatment, recovery and rehabilitation. The latter will be led by Dr. Preeti Raghavan who, together with other innovative teams at Johns Hopkins, will be exploring new directions in poststroke therapy.
How Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Can Help in Stroke Recovery
“During checkups, I look to support patients any way I can. If there’s any way I can help them maximize their ability to communicate, return to work, improve sleep patterns, build muscle tone, minimize fall risk or address psychological needs, we’ll create a plan.”
Our multi-specialty stroke rehabilitation program aims to address a variety of impairments caused by stroke, working in a close partnership with you and your family.
- Our rehabilitation physicians develop rehabilitation plans that meet recovery needs of each patient. A physician will help you build a recovery roadmap, set milestones, coordinate care, evaluate progress, and will meet with you as long as necessary to offer support in your life post stroke.
- Our physical therapists can help address such symptoms as weakness, loss of balance, difficulty walking or moving a part of your body due to paralysis. They may recommend a variety of therapies based on your needs, which may include aquatic therapy, gait analysis and training, strength and flexibility exercises, endurance training, and may others.
- Our occupational therapists focus on helping you be more independent when it comes to self-care tasks like getting dressed or brushing your teeth, as well as other activities of daily living essential to being functional at home or at work. Occupation therapists can also help with certain cognitive impairments like trouble concentrating.
- Our speech-language therapists offer solutions to a variety of swallowing, voice, language and speech issue that may arise after a stroke.
- Our rehabilitation psychologists and neurospychologists work with you and your family to help adjust to emotional, cognitive and behavioral changes brought on by surviving a stroke.
Johns Hopkins Stroke Centers
Johns Hopkins has four dedicated stroke centers across our hospital network. The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center are certified by the Joint Commission and Maryland’s Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) as Comprehensive Stroke Centers, and Howard County General Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital as Primary Stroke Centers.
Driving Innovation in Stroke RehabilitationPlay Video:
Recovering After a Stroke
Pablo Celnik, M.D., shares how his research strives to understand how people recover the ability to move after stroke.
Video Game Physical Therapy
Our therapists use interactive video games to get patients moving in a more engaging and entertaining way.
I Am Dolphin
John Krakauer, M.A., M.D., and his team created a video game to help patients with brain injuries to recover their motor skills.