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Post Stroke Rehab Summer

Post Stroke Rehab Summer

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  • –Additional principles:
  • –Interventions to prevent medical complications
  • –comorbidities in stroke patients:
  • –Acute inpatient rehab (acute days)
  • –Long term acute care (LTAC)
  • –Skilled nursing facility (SNF):
  • –Home rehabilitation
  • –Assessment of stroke pts:
  • –pts medically unstable:
  • –those with complex medical problems:
  • –Rehab evaluation completed:
  • –Initial H & PE
  • –mobility
  • –Activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • –Communication
  • –Neuropsychological functioning
  • –level of consciousness
  • –Level of consciousness - questions:
  • –Level of consciousness - commands
  • –Cognitive disorders:
  • –Motor deficits
  • –Assessment:
  • –Assessment continued:
  • –Limb ataxia
  • –Treatment:
  • –Somatosensory deficits
  • –Score
  • –Visual disorders:
  • –Unilateral neglect
  • –Speech & language deficits
  • –Aphasia - difficulty/inability to speak
  • –Acquired disorders of written language
  • –Pain
  • –Dysphagia (swallowing disorders)
  • –dysphagia in stroke:
  • –Age-related changes that affect swallowing:
  • –Radiographic evaluation
  • –Bowel and/or bladder disturbances:
  • –Evaluation - best language
  • –Scoring:
  • –Evaluation - dysasthria:
  • –Score:

Post-Stroke Rehabilitation

By Barbara K. Bailes Ed.D.,RN.CS NP-C

• Rehabilitation
– purpose - restore function following an illness or injury, with the goal of maximizing a person’s ability to achieve fullest life possible – “planned withdrawal of support”

• Interdisciplinary team
– physicians, nurses, PT, OT, speech-language therapists, psychologists, social workers, recreational therapists.

• Initial goals of therapy & rehab include:
– – – – – – prevent & treat medical problems maximize functional independence promote resumption of pts pre-existing lifestyle reintegrate pt into home & community enhance quality of life facilitate psychologic & social adaptation

– Additional principles: • basic learning process – tailored to patient’s ability – feedback essential • family involvement • patient/family education – get family involved early to achieve reality of condition • continuous monitoring of progress • you must document appropriately in order to receive payment for services .

• Rehabilitation begins as soon as possible after admission for acute care • ideally pt is provided care by a stroke team on a stroke unit.70-80% of pts cannot walk independently • later only 15-20% are not able to walk independently . • After stroke .

– Interventions to prevent medical complications • • • • • deep breathing & coughing skin inspections swallowing evaluations seating pt in chair have pt perform ADLs without assistance (as much as possible • treat sleep disorders • start mobilization process as soon as possible • evaluate communications & begin needed training .

– comorbidities in stroke patients: • • • • • • • hypertension & hypertensive heart disease coronary heart disease obesity diabetes mellitus arthritis left ventricular hypertrophy congestive heart failure .

– reviews medical record & various instruments to assess status – rehab programs • inpatient rehab hospitals • rehab units in acute care facilities • outpatient & home rehab .• Rehabilitation: – Screening exam for rehabilitation performed as soon as possible by expert in rehab.

• Available levels of care – Acute inpatient rehab (acute days) • most aggressive treatment • all disciplines on team & weekly team meetings • criteria (1 or more pertinent disabilities) – – – – mobility ADLs bowel/bladder swallowing pain management able to learn adequate endurance (sit 1 hr & participates in programs) .

– Long term acute care (LTAC) • length of stay at least 18 days (acute care days) – length of stay is deciding factor for this facility • team meetings biweekly • all disciplines available .

– Skilled nursing facility (SNF): • • • • • • skilled days pt has variable capabilities less intense rehab hospital based .length of stay longer nursing experience varies .length of stay 3-4 weels community based .

PT.– Home rehabilitation • home health (no supervision of providers) • nursing. ST • Pros – home setting – learning skills to be used at home – beneficial if transportation for outpt services not available • Cons – caregiver burden – less supervision and no peer support . OT.

– Assessment of stroke pts: • document diagnosis of stroke. • Select appropriate rehab setting • provides basis for rehab treatment plan • monitor progress during rehab & readiness for discharge • monitor progress following discharge . etiology. area of brain involved & clinical manifestations • identify treatment during acute phase • identify pts most likely to benefit from rehab.

– pts medically unstable: • not suitable for rehab program – too disabled by paralysis – severely impaired cognition – serious comorbid condition – those with complex medical problems: • given rehab in facilities with 24 hr coverage. .

– Rehab evaluation completed: • within 3 working days of admission to intense rehab program • within 7 days of admission to lower intensity facility • within 3 visits in outpatient or home rehab – Initial H & PE • during first visit or within first 24 hrs .

• Time course of recovery from stroke: – most rapid recovery 1st 3 months – then. during first year • slow recovery of language & visuospatial functions • slow recovery of motor strength & performance .

1 year later – Activities of daily living (ADLs) • total or partial dependence .• Disability following stroke: – mobility • common during acute stroke period • large majority able to walk with or without assistance 6 months .about 80% (3 weeks post-stroke) & about 30% 6 months-5years .

– Communication
• most experience some degree of spontaneous improvement • one study reported frequency of aphasia decreased from 24% 7 days post-stroke to 12% 6 months later.

– Neuropsychological functioning
• cognitive dysfunction, visuospatial deficits & affective disorders (primarily depression) • depression present in approximately 30% of poststroke pts (3 months) and to a slightly lesser %age 12 months post-stroke

• Assessment:
– level of consciousness
• strong predictor of adverse outcomes post-stroke • more likely with:
– extensive brain damage – brain stem involvement – cerebral edema or increased intracranial pressure

• prolonged deep coma is rare; more likely to complicate intracranial hemorrhage than infarction

– continued

fully alert & keenly responsive – 1= drowsy .• Evaluation of consciousness requires: – observation of spontaneous behavior & responses • level of consciousness – 0= alert . answers and responds to commands – 2= stuporous.comatose.drowsy. obeys. lethargic but requires repeated stimulation to attend. otherwise pt unresponsive . arouses with minor stimulation. may need painful/strong stimuli to follow commands – 3= coma . responds with reflective mot or automatic responses.

gives wrong answer and then corrects self) .questions: • ask pt to respond to 2 questions – the month of the year & his/her age • answer must be correct .no partial credit for being close (being off age by one year.– Level of consciousness .

commands • asked to follow two commands – open and close his/her eyes – make a grip (close & open hand) • initial response is scored • if hemiparesis .response in unaffected limb is assessed (left limb affected . .– Level of consciousness .both scored as a normal response.uses right limb) or attempts to use affected limb .

day of week.– Cognitive disorders: • disorders of higher brain function common poststroke • full dementia rare following first stroke • assess with: – interactions with others & responses to questions on orientation (name. place. etc) – mental status exam • differentiate cognitive deficits from communication problems .

location & extent of vascular lesions • can occur in isolation or accompanied by sensory.– Motor deficits • nature & severity reflect type. upper extremity & lower extremity can be involved alone or in combination continued . involuntary movement or abnormal postures can occur • face. cognitive. clumsiness. or speech deficits • weakness & paralysis most common. incoordination.

unable to sequence movement patterns but has muscle strength • continue .• During recovery. • Common patterns – hemiparesis (one arm. the arm remains affected for a longer time than the leg & has less complete return of function. one leg) – monoparesis (upper extremity most commonly) • apraxia .

movement against gravity » grade 4 .palpable contraction or flicker » grade 2 .normal strength • continued .no movement » grade 1 .movement against resistance but weaker than other side » grade 5 .• Assess: – limb position at rest.contraction with gravity eliminated » grade 3 . spontaneous limb movements & strength » grade 0 .

or hemibalismus) » record – ability to walk & perform skilled movements (handwriting. persistent deficits need rehab to improve ADLs . use of utensils) • most experience some spontaneous recovery. athetosis.• Other assessment: – increased (spasticity) or decreased (faccidity) muscle tone » identified from degree of resistance felt to rapid limb movement – bradykinesia (slow movements) or abnormalities (chorea.

flexor or extensor posturing response scored at a 4 • continued .judge best motor response – if reflexive response .for 10 seconds – if limb paralyzed .test normal limb first – if arthritis or non-stroke related limitations .– Assessment: • extend his/her arm outstretched in front of body at 90 degrees (sitting) or 45 degrees (if supine) .

not able to hold outstretched limb for 10 sec but some effort against gravity • continued . falls to intermediate position • 2=some effort against gravity .able to hold outstretched limb for 10 sec but there is some fluttering or drift of limb.– Assessment continued: • 0=no drift .able to hold outstretched limb for 10 sec • 1=drift .

• 3=no effort against gravity . No effort against gravity • 9=untestable . pt is unable to sustain the position • 4=no movement . If limb raised to correct position by examiner.unable to move limb.may be used only if limb is missing or amputated or if shoulder joint is fused .not able to bring limb off the bed but there is some effort against gravity.

may be used only if limb is missing or hip joint is fused .4 • 9=intestable .– Assessment: • motor function .leg – supine pt asked to hold outstretched leg 30 degrees above the bed – position is held for 5 seconds • same assessment from 0 .

alternating movements • motor or sensory deficits – incoordination in the absence of motor or sensory loss known as ataxia » test ability to walk.– Limb ataxia • Balance & coordination disturbances caused by dysfunction of cerebellum o r vestibular system – bedside assessment . tandem waling. Romberg .nose. heel-to-shin.finger-to.

. able to perform one of two tasks well • 2=present unilaterally both arms & legs or bilaterally • 9=untestable -used only if all motor function scores =4. limb missing. fused.amputated.– Assessment: • test normal side first • 0=absent .able to perform finger-to-nose & heel-toshin tasks well. movements smooth & accurate • 1=present unilaterally -either arm or leg.

– Interventions: goal is prevention of 2ndary impairments by enabling the person to regain inhibitory control over abnormal patterns of movement & restored postural control: • back lying enhances extensor tone & prone enhances flexor tone • position pt in the “antispasticity pattern” – shoulders positioned in external rotation to oppose the internal rotation of the latissimus dorsi – hips in internal rotation .to oppose gluteus maximus which acts as an external rotator of the hip. .

hand splints are helpful.– Forearms are extended with hands in supinatiion. . lying on sound side is good position. – Side lying is most neutral position. lying on affected side is ok if all limbs properly placed. and hips) positioned in flexion. ankles. – Unopposed plantar flexion & inversion at the ankle can lead to problems later. the foot should be maintained in a neutral position – Elonginate the trunk on the affected side – Use supine position with care since it encourages “spasticity pattern”. – lower extremities (knees.

impairment & contractures seen in hemiplegia: • a continuum of arm pain. edema . sweating.common impairment • shoulder-hand syndrome – painful shoulder. pain. pain. especially on movement with edema forearm and hand • reflex shoulder dystrophy – erythema. shoulder-hand syndrome reflex sympathetic dystrophy • arm pain .– Upper extremity injury.

• NSAIDs. other analgesia • nerve blocks .– Treatment: • ROM within painfree arc • positioning to prevent subluxation • lap board and elevated trough wedge for elevation – when sitting • bandage sling (early and when ambulating) to prevent tugging on arm during positioning. steroids.

tingling.pain.excessive reactions to sensory stimuli (hyperesthesia) • bedside exam – test sensory . kinesthesia & pallesthesia (sense of vibration) . temperature. proprioception.numbness. or abnormal sensations (dysesthesia) – exhibit .– Somatosensory deficits • range from loss of simply sensory modalities to complex sensory disorders – c/o .

– Assessment: • assess with pin in proximal portions of all 4 limbs. ask how stimulus feels (sharp or dull) • eyes do not need to be closed • response to stimulus on right & left compared • if does not respond to noxious stimulus on one side. score is 2 • persons with severe depression of consciousness should be examined • continued .

may involve more than one limb • 2=dense loss .no sensory loss to pin is detected • 1=partial loss . does not respond to noxious stimuli applied to that side of body .mild to moderate diminution in perception to pain stimulation is recognized.severe sensory loss so that patient not aware of being touched.– Score • 0=normal .

poor prognostic sign • others motility disturbances (brain stem) – diplopia.– Visual disorders: • visual deficits commonly. visual distortions .homonymous hemianopia • assess visual field defect vs visual neglect – visual neglect(may improve spontaneously while visual field deficits do not • color vision may be disrupted • paralysis of conjugate gaze . vertigo. oscillopsia.

deny problems or illnesses or may not even recognize their own body parts cont’d .– Unilateral neglect • pts lack of awareness of specific body part or external environment • occurs primarily in nondominant (usually right) hemispheric strokes • sensory stimuli (vision. hearing somatosensory) in left half of environment ignored or evoke muted responses • severely afflicted .

. – Ignores items in left visual field when asked to describe a complex picture – ignores sensory stimuli on left • assess: – visual fields both eyes & count fingers in all 4 quadrants • neglect usually improves spontaneously and relatively quickly but hampers rehab initially.• Bedside evaluation – pt turned to right & will often not turn toward an observer on left.

ability to repeat & comprehension of spoken word • cont’d . use of grammerical forms. • Bedside evaluation – naming objects. observing patterns of fluency. reading & writing. adequacy of content.– Speech & language deficits • aphasia: – common after stroke in language-dominant hemisphere – may cause disturbances in comprehension. verbal expression. speech.

or mouth – causes difficulty in making speech sounds clearly. abnormalities in prosody . tongue.– Neuromotor disturbances (dysarthria & apraxia of speech) need to differentiated from aphasia • dysarthria: – may be due to dysfunction of larynx. palate. lips.

difficulty performing whole body commands . salute. sitting » limb apraxia . » Trunkal apraxia . » Unable to protrude their tongue on command . etc) .but then spontaneously stick out tongue & lick lips.standing.involves mostly hands and arms (wave. turning.• Apraxia – unable to perform previously learned tasks.

lacks normal rhythm & accentuation – fluent aphasia » uses fairly normal amount of speech » words & phrases spoken without effort » words not slurred or dysarthric .– Aphasia .difficulty/inability to speak • Two groups: fluent & nonfluent – nonfluent aphasia: » difficulty with speech production » amount of speech is reduced » speech is labored & dysarthric.

lips & check function abnormal – sounds . mechanisms of tongue.• Broca’s aphasia – nonfluent aphasia characterized by diminished speech output – words & syllables uttered with effort. mouth.labored – comprehension of spoken word preserved – most are apraxic .stuttered and dysarthric .do not correctly follow spoken commands even though they understand meaning of commands – writing is sparse & agrammatical .

nonword sounds & neologisms. » Usually not aware that they are speaking nonsense – comprehension of spoken language is defective – write with normal penmanship but use many wrong words – reading comprehension do better with written words – usually no hemiparesis .but do have right hemianopia or upper quadrantaniopia – some become paranoid & aggressive .• Wernicke’s aphasia – many paraphasic errors (using wrong words) » sound-alike & mean-alike words. jargon.

• Conduction aphasia – probably a variant of Wernicke’s aphasia – uses wrong words but are generally able to convey thoughts and ideas well. – Repetition of spoke language is poor – some retention of speech comprehension – most have accompanying slight motor & sensory abnormalities in the right limbs .

– Acquired disorders of written language • alexia (or dyslexia) – defective ability to read & understand written language – most common cause is aphasia – may also be related to defective visual perception • alexia with agraphia – cannot read. • Alexia without agraphia – can write and spell correctly but cannot read – some can write a letter but not read back the same . write or spell.

face pain can result from hemorrhage or ischemic stroke or complications of stroke – adhesive capsule. median or peroneal nerves. may not appear for weeks of months post-stroke. involves contralateral half of body.usually involves the thalamus. rotator cuff tear. . entrapment of ulnar.– Pain • severe headache. reflex sympathetic dystrophy. may be intense and relentless. spontaneous recovery is rare. pressure ulcer or contractors – neurogenic pain . neck pain.

larynx or proximal esophagus • deficits can occur with any phase of swallowing • assessment essential before any PO fluids given .– Dysphagia (swallowing disorders) • may be due to dysfunction of lips. mouth. tongue. pharynx. palate.

. infection and airway obstruction.– dysphagia in stroke: • • • • frequent complication of stroke resolves fairly rapidly in most pts following stroke detected in 30-65% of persons with stroke small number of persons have clinically “silent” aspiration of food/fluids • responsible for aspiration pneumonia.

pharynx & larynx .• Anatomic landmarks .

• Phases of normal swallowing .

pharynx.– Swallowing .complex act involving coordination activity of mouth. larynx & esophagus – four phases of swallowing: • • • • oral preparatory oral propulsive pharyngeal esophageal .

• Oral preparatory – processing of the bolus to render it “swallowable” • oral propulsive – propelling food from oral cavity into oropharynx • pharyngeal phase – soft palate elevates. hyoid bone & larynx move upward & forward – vocal folds move up to midline & epiglottis folds backward to protect airway • cont’d .

pharyngeal structures return to reference position .– Tongue pushes backward and downward into pharynx to propel bolus down assisted by pharyngeal walls which move inward with a progressive wave of contraction from top to bottom – upper esophageal sphincter relaxes during pharyngeal phase of swallowing & is pulled open by forward movement of hyoid bone & larynx – sphincter closes after passage of food.

• Esophageal phase – bolus moved downward by peristaltic wave – lower esophageal sphincter relaxes and allows propulsion of bolus into stomach – closes after bolus enters the stomach preventing gastroesophageal reflex .

testing of facial muscles. pockets food on one side of mouth coughs or chokes when swallowing drains food or liquid from nose holds food in back of throat for long intervals c/o nasal burning or tickling of throat wet. tongue function & cough response • observation during eating – – – – – – dribbles from mouth. (dysphonia) . hoarse voice.– Assessment: • careful pharyngeal & laryngeal nerve exam.

– Age-related changes that affect swallowing: • • • • • reduced salivary gland secretion increased mastication required to prepare food increased time to prepare food bolus tendency to hold bolus on floor of mouth initially reduced laryngeal & hyoid bone elevation due to drop in resting laryngeal position • slowing of pharyngeal contractions • triggering of pharyngeal phase more posteriorly • delayed triggering of pharyngeal phase .swallowing .

motion of structures & passage of food .– Radiographic evaluation • modified barium swallow – small bolus volumes of different consistencies of food • videofluorographic swallowing study (VFSS) – gold standard for evaluating mechanism of swallowing – pt given food mixed with barium to make radiopaque – eats & drinks while radiographic images are observed by physician and speech-language pathologist – demonstrates anatomic structures.

– Bowel and/or bladder disturbances: • urinary incontinence – inattention. immobility. bladder hyperreflexia. mental status change. or hyporeflexia – disturbances of sphincter control or sensory loss – all evaluated to identify treatable conditions (UTI) – do not use/remove catheter as soon as possible .

best language • pt identifies standard groups of objects & reading series of sentences • first response only is measured • if corrects self later.– Evaluation . response still considered abnormal • read three sentences from a page of sentences – continued .

able to read sentences well & able to correctly identify objects on paper • 1=mild aphasia -mild to moderate naming errors.difficulty in reading as well as naming objects.– Scoring: • 0=no aphasia . pts with either Broca’s or Wenicke’s aphasia • 3=mute . mild impairment in comprehension or expression • 2=severe aphasia . word finding errors.

– Evaluation . clarity of articulation of spontaneous speech should be rated .dysasthria: • ask pt to read and pronounce standard list of words. • If unable to read words because of visual lost. say the word and have pt repeat • if severe aphasia.

mute . can be understood with some difficulty • 2=near unintelligible or worse . mild to moderate slurring of words noted.able to pronounce words clearly and without problems with articulation • 1=mild to moderate dysarthria .problem with articulation.speech so slurred as to be unintelligable • 9=untestable .endotracheal tube.– Score: • 0=normal articulation .

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