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Upper Extremity Strategies Along the Post-Stroke Recovery Continuum

presented by Dorian Rose, PT, PhD

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Functional recovery of the upper extremity is a frequent challenge for those with post-stroke hemiparesis, with residual UE impairment occurring in 70% to 80% of our clients. These deficits can prevent ADL independence and lead to decreased quality of life. The degree of arm recovery varies widely and clinicians need to be equipped to provide appropriate therapeutic intervention across the continuum of recovery, from those with little to no movement to those with mild coordination deficits. This course will present current rehabilitation approaches across the broad spectrum of upper extremity recovery seen in individuals post-stroke.

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Dorian Rose, PT, PhD

Dorian Rose, PhD, PT holds a dual appointment as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida and a Research Health Scientist at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Rose's interests as a researcher, educator, and clinician are in adult neurorehabilitation. In addition to…

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1. Care and Intervention for the Flaccid Upper Extremity

Participants will be presented with treatment approaches for the post-stroke upper extremity with little to no movement. Risk factors for shoulder pain will be discussed as well as appropriate range of motion and positioning techniques for this population.

2. Intervention Strategies for the Not Yet Functional Upper Extremity

This chapter will present treatment approaches for the post-stroke upper extremity that presents with proximal movement, but which the patient considers “non-functional” secondary to lack of distal control.

3. Designing Task-Oriented Functional Task Practice

This chapter will present treatment approaches for the post-stroke upper extremity that has regained movement but remains slow and poorly coordinated in daily living skills. Keys to developing skill in these patients, as well as the development of an independent practice program, will be presented.

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