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Strokes are a leading cause of disability, and the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. Brainstem strokes are much less common and have a higher mortality rate than cortical strokes. Brainstem strokes can lead to physical impairments including gaze palsies, quadriplegia, ataxia, or cranial nerve deficits, which affect balance and safety, decreasing independence. Repetitive task gait training has been shown to create improvements in patients with stroke. Non-specific gait training can have a transfer effect on gait for patients with stroke. There are fewer accounts of brainstem stroke rehabilitation than cortical stroke rehabilitation due to poor prognosis and high mortality rate associated with brainstem strokes. The purpose of this case report is to describe the physical therapy management of a patient with chronic brainstem stroke with the goal of increasing his functional mobility in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
The case report paper for this poster can be found here:
Flahaven, Kelley, "Physical Therapy Management Of A Patient With Chronic Brainstem Stroke Syndrome To Improve Functional Mobility: A Case Report" (2016). Case Report Posters. Poster 86.