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Molly Collin



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A cerebral vascular infarction (CVI) is a loss of blood flow to an area of the brain, which results in cell damage and/or death. The most common occluded artery is the middle cerebral artery (MCA). The incidence of falls within one year following a CVI can be as high as 42-60%. CVIs are a leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. CVIs account for 1 in every 19 deaths in the United States. Common impairments include: abnormal/slow gait, weakness, sensory loss, and decreased endurance. Common gait abnormalities include, genu recurvatum, foot drop,decreased stance phase, and foot slap on the involved side. Evidence based interventions for improving function following a CVI include: gait training, stair training, lower extremity (LE) strengthening, balance training, and aerobic exercise. The purpose of this case report was to describe the outpatient physical therapy (PT) management of a patient (pt) who experienced a severe left MCA infarction.

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Outpatient Physical Therapy Management Of A Patient Following A Severe Left Middle Cerebral Artery Infarction: A Case Report
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