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Center for Stroke Rehabilitation

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As the leading cause of disability in the United States, stroke affects people of all ages.

The UPMC Rehabilitation Institute offers a multidisciplinary treatment plan focused on healing and helping you regain your independence after a stroke.

Understanding the Effects of Stroke

A stroke is a brain injury that occurs when the brain's blood supply is interrupted.

It can cause many problems, such as:

  • Memory difficulties
  • Swallowing and language problems
  • Trouble with walking or balance
  • Difficulty with daily activities
  • Depression and emotional changes

Most of these problems will improve with time and rehabilitation.

A Treatment Plan to Get You Back Where You Belong

For those who have lost significant function after a stroke, it is vital to seek rehabilitation treatment as soon as possible.

At the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, our physiatrists — doctors certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation — are involved in your treatment plan from the beginning.

The integrated treatment team will work with you to overcome the effects of stroke.

  • Speech-language pathologists work with communication and swallowing.
  • Physical therapists focus on mobility and function.
  • Occupational therapists work with you on recovering skills for everyday living.

The length of time you will spend in rehabilitation depends on the severity of your stroke and your specific rehabilitation needs.

  » Learn more about stroke rehabilitation and treatment.

Families are part of stroke treatment at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, providing vital health information and participating in therapy and support programs.

Advanced Technology, Comprehensive Services

As one of the leading rehabilitation programs in the United States, stroke patients at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute have access to state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive services to help assist with recovery.

Technologies, such as those in the Robotics and Gaming Center, help you re-learn walking and other tasks so you can live a more independent life after your rehabilitation stay.

Stroke Rehabilitation

Jennifer Shen, MD, discusses the stroke rehabilitation program at UPMC.

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