The most significant recovery gains for survivors of stroke, brain aneurysms and other neurovascular conditions happen in the first three to six months. To achieve optimal recovery, these patients require specialized rehabilitation care. The Stroke and Neurovascular Program is one of the most comprehensive rehabilitation care centers in Wisconsin.
Rehabilitation starts as soon as possible for hospitalized patients and progresses on an outpatient basis depending on each patient’s needs. Patients initially hospitalized elsewhere for stroke or other neurovascular conditions often turn to our rehabilitation experts to help them get back to their lives as well as possible. In 2017:
- 110 stroke patients were treated in our inpatient rehabilitation program.
- The average length of stay was 15.8 days.
- Upon release, 71 percent returned home, while the remaining patients transferred to subacute or skilled nursing facilities.
- There were 2,431 outpatient appointments (284 new patients).
- The average number of outpatient therapy appointments per patient was 7.8 occupation therapy, 9.0 physical therapy and 10.6 speech therapy sessions.
Rehabilitation Experts Specially Trained in Recovery From Stroke and Other Neurovascular Conditions
Led by an internationally recognized neurorehabilitation physician, rehabilitation team members are specially trained to help patients recover from conditions that affect the neurovascular system of the brain and spine. They provide physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, therapeutic recreation and vocational rehabilitation to help get patients back to the activities they love. Stroke nurse specialists, case managers, social workers and rehabilitation psychologists round out the team. The goal is to maximize health – physically, mentally and emotionally. Additional expertise is also available for treating related conditions such as spasticity and depression.
Patients Benefit From the Latest Rehabilitation Approaches and Technology
As part of an academic medical center, our program’s experts offer patients the latest proven rehabilitation techniques and technology to speed and enhance recovery. It is one of the only providers in the region to use function electrical stimulators that may help improve the abilities of people with neurological conditions that affect leg and arm use.
Our Research Brings Innovation to Patient Care
Today’s research efforts at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin translate into treatment innovations for our patients. Approaches such as robotic training are regularly being trialed as our experts look for more effective ways to help our patients recover their health following a neurovascular event.
Recognized as a Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Program
Froedtert Hospital Stroke Rehabilitation Program is proud to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a recognition of our commitment to excellence in patient care.