Childhood Stroke

Has Your Child Sustained a Stroke?

Has your child recently suffered from a stroke? It is no secret that any neurological disorder can be limiting and debilitating, especially when it happens to a child.

While this can be frightening for any parent, physical therapy can help your child improve their function so they can get back to normal life. For more information on how we can help your child after a stroke, contact Reavis Rehab & Wellness Center today to meet with one of our Round Rock, TX physical therapists.

Why do pediatric strokes occur?

As stated by Johns Hopkins Medicine

“Pediatric stroke is a rare condition affecting one in every 4,000 newborns and an additional 2,000 older children each year. Stroke is a type of blood vessel (cerebrovascular) disorder. Strokes can be categorized as ischemic (caused by insufficient blood flow) and hemorrhagic (caused by bleeding into the brain). When a blood vessel in the brain is injured, the brain tissue around it loses blood supply and suffers injury as well. Treatments and long-term outcome in children are different for each type.”

There are undoubtedly a lot of emotions you’ll experience when your child sustains a stroke. At Reavis Rehab & Wellness Center, we want you to know that we are here for you every step of the way. Our Round Rock, TX physical therapists work hard to make sure your child is receiving the best care for their needs, so they can recover as quickly as possible.

What will post-stroke rehabilitation look like for my child?

Physical therapy is a vital part of the recovery for any child who has suffered from a stroke. A thorough evaluation is done in various stages of the rehabilitation process to determine progression in strength, transfers, walking, balance, range of motion, and safety. Our licensed Round Rock, TX physical therapists approach the care of each child as an individual, adapting the best rehabilitative process to each case. 

Our Round Rock, TX occupational therapists also work very closely in the process to improve upper extremity and hand function. Occupational therapists can also assist with speech therapy, by working with muscle deficits of speech, swallowing, and facial expressions. For patients experiencing decreased cognitive function following their stroke, cognitive challenges can help increase the functioning of the brain to problem-solve many of life’s daily activities. 

The long-term goal of any stroke rehabilitation plan is to improve physical function. Sometimes, children who sustain strokes will have to relearn basic skills, such as walking, dressing, writing, speaking, or eating. At Reavis Rehab & Wellness Center, our advanced methods and modalities are equipped to help your child relearn, recover, and reclaim life.

How can I get started?

If your child has recently suffered from a stroke, don’t hesitate to seek the proper rehabilitation. Get started on the path by scheduling an appointment with Reavis Rehab & Wellness Center today.