Learning to walk again after a brain injury is one of the most crucial goals of rehabilitation. CNS is renowned for its Physical Therapy program, which is focused on regaining ambulation and balance to enhance a patient’s return to a meaningful life. The program is tailored to each patient’s injury, capability, and potential. Trained therapists utilize technology and clinical practices to maximize patient abilities. This comprehensive approach is designed to enhance our patients’ functionality at home or work. Each clinic has modern physical therapy rooms that provide equipment and methods for every stage of physical healing, including:
- ZeroG Gait and Balance System
- Split Belt treadmills with adjustable inclines and tension
- Stairs for relearning safety and building lower body strength
- Therapy balls to improve balance in sitting, rising, and standing
- Stationary bikes that build endurance
- Heated pool for aquatic therapy (Bakersfield, Dallas and Fort Worth locations)
Therapists work on soft tissue mobilization and range of motion to maintain joint integrity and mobility, and to prevent contractures. Positioning strategies are developed for more dependent patients who need assistance to maintain soft tissue length. Therapists also coordinate with family and caregivers for long-term management.
Because of the multiple body systems affected by a brain injury and the strong likelihood of secondary impairments, physical therapists are proficient in a variety of examination procedures and intervention techniques. Behavioral difficulties in patients are often encountered during recovery, and therapists are prepared to manage these challenges, responding quickly to suddenly changing situations.
Analyzing physical and cognitive deficits is a crucial first step. Patients are assessed on transferring, sitting balance, reaching, lifting, wheelchair mobility, performance on stairs, and basic household mobility. The physical therapist then develops a treatment plan focused on independence. CNS’ daily structure and interdisciplinary approach also includes home programs to maximize clinical progress.
- Comprehensive strengthening
- Cardiovascular/endurance training
- Community mobility/reintegration
- Assistive device or durable medical equipment recommendations
- Return to work activities
- Manual therapy
Zero-G, a path to confidence and recovery
ZeroG uses dynamic body-weight support and fall protection for intensive gait and balance training. Safe and easy to use, ZeroG is a robotic system in which patients are secured in a body harness attached to a motorized trolley that rides along a ceiling-mounted track. Activities such as walking up steps, getting off the floor, or navigating rough terrain are real-life demands that patients can practice in ZeroG.