Stroke treatment

Every year, approximately 800,000 Americans suffer from stroke, and it normally comes unexpectedly. It serves as the third leading cause for death in the United States, and those who do survive run the risk of becoming severely disabled. If you are able to make it to New York and have survived a stroke or have a loved one living with the neuromuscular side effects, you don’t have to simply live with these consequences. There is stroke physical therapy and other solutions that have offered much needed relief to hundreds of people in the area. There are some common signs and symptoms that indicate you may be at a higher risk of having a stroke. Those with high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation should work closely with their physician to monitor their risk, and smokers are also more likely to experience problems. Shortly preceding a stroke, some of the warning signs include:

  • Inability to operate one side of the body;
  • Inability to make certain facial expressions;
  • Inability to speak or understand others.

Technology is constantly innovating, and there is new stroke treatment that can offer a high rate of post-stroke success. Equipment is now available that allows us to have a better understanding of the inner-workings of the brain than ever before, and the professional staff at the NY Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation center offers viable treatment options that have proven successful. Previously used only for military rehabilitation, this technology is now being offered to patients suffering from the side-effects of neurological diseases such as those caused by strokes. Using a tool known as Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment, or C.A.R.E.N, we are able to help stroke-suffers slowly adapt back into a world of obstacles and physical and emotional pressures gradually. While stroke victims often have a difficult time adapting to their surroundings when they are simply let loose from the hospital, C.A.R.E.N helps them make the transition at a slower, more accommodating pace. C.A.R.E.N creates a multi-sensory environment that quite accurately imitates the world we live in, and patients are able to slowly build up the tolerance necessary to function more efficiently when they are left to their own devices. By making these adaptations in a fully-controlled environment, the physical and emotional pressures are significantly reduced, allowing the patient to better focus on recovery.

Balance and movement control are impacted following a stroke, and C.A.R.E.N offers a local treatment right here in NY for patients to take advantage of in overcoming these debilitating side effects. Using a moving platform, challenges that are commonly faced in the real world are simulated in a safe environment. To make the experience seem as real as possible, the patient is surrounded with 180 degrees of hemispherical screen designed to imitate typical environments we face every day. The first step in stroke physical therapy is to develop new movement strategies. C.A.R.E.N allows for this to take place by gradually causing the patient to unlearn the ineffective moving habits that commonly result from a stroke. Using both external and internal focus, the patient is able to zero in on the effects of the movement as well as the physical aspects of what causes the movement to take place. While it used to only be available in research labs, C.A.R.E.N even allows the observer to analyze movement parameters in real time to better evaluate the stroke recovery process.

With such a high number of patients coming to New York to take advantage of these innovative new approaches to stroke treatment, it is important to take an individual approach. Every case is unique, and our professional staff utilizes special techniques to identify the best treatment regimens for each patient individually. C.A.R.E.N offers evaluations that allow for personalized assessments that will provide a clearer look at the effects of the damage the stroke caused. Along with the use of technology, we understand the benefits of more traditional forms of stroke physical therapy, and our Vojta therapy, a unique solution that was previously utilized primarily in Europe, is now offered right here in NY. This allows patients a better ability to customize a treatment plan that they are comfortable with. Undergoing neuromuscular rehabilitation following a stroke is crucial for recovery from stroke. Failure to do so can result in years of dependence on those you care for, and the quality of life quickly diminishes with each passing day. With new advancements in technology and a better understanding of the inner workings of the brain, there are more ways than ever before to embark on a successful recovery from stroke.

Strokes are growing increasingly common, and they can cause debilitating side effects that can impact the victim for the rest of their life. While thousands have simply learned to live with these after-effects, technology has made leaps and bounds in the health arena, and, right here in New York, there are new methods available that can lead to a more comfortable lifestyle. Our stroke recovery methods are innovative, and we can offer you or your loved one the help you need to rehabilitate following a stroke.

The sooner you recognize that a stroke is taking place, the better your chances of recovery. One of the first warning signs is a sudden numbness or tingling. You may also notice a change in vision along with a general full-body weakness. When you notice these types of symptoms, it is important to seek medical help immediately.

Even if you don’t get professional help immediately upon recognizing these tell-tale symptoms, here at the NY Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation, we have new, innovative treatment options that are proving very successful. We have been using new technology in military rehabilitation that are improved and advanced, and we are now offering these breakthroughs to the public.

Stroke treatment and C.A.R.E.N

To properly understand how to treat a stroke, it is important to be able to get an inside view of the anatomy and inner-workings of the brain. With the aid of our Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment, we have made impressive advancements in the recovery process. Also known as C.A.R.E.N, this technology allows the patient to return to a more normal lifestyle even in hemorrhagic stroke recovery.

This method of stroke recovery implements the strategic use of a projection screen that imitates real-life scenarios in a controlled environment, allowing skilled doctors to analyze brain function as the participants go through daily routines. This allows for a better understanding of the level of damage incurred and uses:

  • Principles of virtual reality
  • A highly instrumented pertubating platform
  • Feedback and feed forward simulators for optimal recovery from stroke

There is hope for stroke recovery, and our highly qualified staff of skilled and compassionate professionals can help. Whether you are in need of mild stroke recovery or looking for a more advanced and detailed treatment, we have the tools and knowledge to help you maintain a new lease on life. Aside from C.A.R.E.N, our skilled professionals can also offer:


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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