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Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2007 Nov;18(4):631-50, v.

The stroke rehabilitation paradigm.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan Health System, 325 Eisenhower, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA.


The matrix of stroke rehabilitation is evolving as we look outside the box of traditional therapy type, timing, and intensity of rehabilitation techniques. For inpatient wards, the goal of medical stability and prompt resolution of complications to maximize participation in therapy remains paramount. In the current medical model, we focus on teaching compensatory strategies and rarely on restorative approaches because of time and financial limitations. Researchers aim to identify new technologic and molecular approaches to improve functional outcomes and more accurately predict disability. This article examines different concepts surrounding the comprehensive rehabilitation paradigm of stroke survivors.

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