Stroke Rehabilitation

Stroke rehabilitation is a critical aspect of stroke recovery and treatment. Whether mild or severe, strokes injure the brain and can result in an array of impairments and difficulties. Recovery from a stroke often takes time and our patients need continued rehabilitation in the hospital and after returning home.

As part of UT Southwestern’s Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, we see a wide range of patients. This includes individuals who need help moving their arms or legs, as well as those who have problems with speaking or understanding language (aphasia), walking, talking, swallowing (dysphagia), or carrying out daily tasks.

Our Stroke Rehab Program

Regardless of the magnitude of the stroke or where it occurs in the brain, we can provide effective rehabilitative treatment plans for patients, including inpatient and outpatient rehab, as well as help arranging for home health rehab when needed.

The goal of stroke rehabilitation at UT Southwestern is to provide comprehensive support that gets you to the best quality of life after your stroke. We help with whatever you need to successfully transition to life back at home, work, and in your community.

Depending on each patient’s individual situation, we work with you to:

  • Restore physical function
  • Enhance skills needed for daily activities
  • Build strength
  • Improve balance
  • Assist with mobility
  • Develop cognitive and behavioral strategies to help compensate for deficits

Our program has special accreditation for stroke rehabilitation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Our Services

Every member of our stroke rehabilitation team has specialized stroke training and works only with stroke patients, which is one of the unique aspects of our program. It helps us focus our expertise in one area and offer patients the best care possible.

Our stroke rehab team includes these specialists:

  • Physiatrist – Completes a full medical evaluation and directs the team in meeting your goals
  • Rehab nurse – Evaluates your safety and provides information about medications
  • Physical therapist – Evaluates how well you move, including walking and getting in and out of bed, and then works toward your improvement
  • Occupational therapist – Evaluates how well you can take care of yourself, such as getting dressed or eating, and teaches new skills
  • Speech therapist – Evaluates your communication and thinking skills, as well as safety in eating and drinking, and uses methods to produce improvements
  • Recreational therapist – Helps you return to your favorite pre-stroke activities – for example, cooking, shopping, or playing board games
  • Psychologist – Assists you and your family in understanding the effects of stroke and successfully coping with challenges
  • Social worker – Helps you and your family make plans for returning home (for example, finding helpers and getting the right equipment to help you be independent)

What to Expect

When you are in the hospital, a stroke rehabilitation specialist will visit you and assess your situation within 24 hours of admittance. This helps us determine the kind of assistance you will need and then begin therapy as soon as you are ready.

We will work with you to determine which type of rehabilitation is most appropriate – inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, or home health rehab.

Our inpatient stroke rehabilitation unit is on the sixth floor of Zale Lipshy University Hospital, below the stroke inpatient unit, which allows our rehabilitation specialists to easily consult with your neurologist or neurosurgeon throughout your recovery.

If outpatient rehab is appropriate, our physicians and therapists will see you after you leave the hospital. Our outpatient rehab services are located in the Charles Cameron Sprague Clinical Science Building, which is connected to Zale Lipshy University Hospital.

In both locations, we offer state-of-the-art rehabilitation tools and treatments. Among the many offerings available, we use a specialized treadmill that helps our therapists study the mechanics of each stroke patient’s gait and his or her ability to walk.

Support for Families

Families of stroke patients play an important role in helping their loved ones recover. We offer daily education classes for patients and their families to attend together while patients are in the hospital, as well as a monthly support group that’s open to inpatients and outpatients and their families at any time during the recovery process.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a stroke rehabilitation specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.