Most of us take for granted the ability to independently walk, eat, or get dressed. For many of us however, the reality of living in a body in which the brain and body do not communicate correctly can be a struggle. When the brain, spinal cord, or nerves in our body suffer a significant injury, paralysis, weakness, spasticity, and pain can result. While it is true that the brain and spinal cord cannot regenerate, some amount of recovery can occur. This is known as neuroplasticity. If an area of the brain suffers a stroke, the surrounding tissue can "pick up the load" to a certain extent. The surrounding neurons can take on the duties of the injured tissue. This is stimulated by repetition of appropriate movements and exercises. A physical therapist is uniquely qualified to establish a rehabilitation program to foster this healing process following such injuries as a stroke or traumatic brain injury. While adaptation to a post-injury body type is key, regaining function is possible, and should be pursued.
At WPT, we commonly treat patients with:
Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Ataxia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Peripheral Nerve Damage, Neuritis, and more.