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Helping Patients With Stroke Rehabilitation

Our outpatient stroke rehabilitation program provides comprehensive therapeutic care. Each survivor and their family receives personal, individualized treatment.  

We use innovative, intensive therapies to help stroke survivors become independent and return to day-to-day activities. We help survivors achieve their personal goals (like returning to work) by helping survivors relearn skills:

  • Movement
  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Swallowing (so stroke survivors can have a regular diet)

Our State-of-the-Art Stroke Equipment

Our facilities offer state-of-the-art equipment and programs so stroke survivors can have the fullest recovery possible. For example, we offer devices that help survivors with speech problems speak.

Our specialized equipment includes:

  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES): Functional electrical stimulation equipment uses electricity to help your muscles recover and improve your cardiovascular health. We offer access to a full range of FES equipment:
    • RT600 stander/stepper
    • RT300 upper extremity cycle
    • RT300 lower extremity cycle
    • RT200 recumbent elliptical
    • SAGE portable multi-channel stimulation
  • Bioness L200 upper extremity and L300 (+) lower extremity neuroprosthesis: Bioness training and devices help patients regain motor control by stimulating their muscles. This is also called functional neuromuscular electrical stimulation (fNMES.) The Bioness helps your body regain muscle motor control and timing so you can use your muscles correctly.
  • InMotion Upper Extremity Robot: This device uses robotic arms to help you move and successfully complete the muscle repetitions you need for motor learning and recovery.
  • Bioness BITS system: The BITS system is a therapy tool that helps patients perform common tasks by practicing visual motor activities, cognitive skills, endurance training, and visual and auditory processing (responding to sights and sounds). The Bioness gives patients immediate feedback on their performance.
  • Biodex Gait Trainer: Researchers have found that training on a treadmill helps stroke survivors regain muscle function and improve mobility. This trainer provides real-time feedback, measurements, and results to help stroke survivors walk normally again.
  • AlterG Treadmill: This antigravity treadmill allows you to practice walking. It gradually adds weight to your body while you’re walking so you can improve your strength, balance, and motor control.
A female U of U Health provider helps an older man play a game that helps with hand dexterity

Programs We Offer

Driving Program

Our driving program gives patients with serious injuries or disabilities the opportunity to practice driving, either with a computer simulator—or on the road. Our goal is to help get survivors back on the road safely and improve their independence. Therapists evaluate and then train survivors on the physical, cognitive, and visual aspects of driving, as well as reaction time.

Stroke Wellness Program

The stroke wellness program supports stroke survivors during and after therapy. We promote wellness during therapy so patients can be their healthiest selves and maintain the progress they have made in therapy. Our staff also stress the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle after therapy ends.

The wellness program teaches patients strength, conditioning, balance, and mobility exercises. We offer patients accessible equipment and experienced supervision.

TRAILS (Technology, Recreation, Access, Independence, Lifestyle, & Sports) Program

TRAILS prepares patients with spinal cord injuries to live an active, healthy lifestyle through sports and exercise, recreation experiences, and education.

As an outreach program, TRAILS provides year-round programming.

Multidisciplinary Team

Our program is CARF accredited and practices a team approach. Experienced, neurologic clinical stroke specialists from many disciplines work together. Our team includes a variety of specialists that oversee your care:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech language pathologists

Community-Based Research & Advocacy

Our therapists and clinicians participate in a number of community-based research and advocacy projects to make it easier for stoke survivors to get medical care and rejoin their communities. 

Hear From Our Patients

Occupational Therapy Plus Hard Work Helps Patient Use Her Hand Again

At 61 years old, Laurie Sonneborn was wary about common yet deadly ailments, such as cancer or a heart attack. As she puts it, a stroke was not on her radar. The incident left her devastated and overwhelmed, as well as dealing with the loss of functionality in her left hand.

Read Laurie's Story