Balance Recovery after Stroke treatment in NYC

Balance Recovery after Stroke

NY city neurologists and physiatrist NYDNR is considerin NYDNR to be number one clinic for treatment of neurological balance disorders. We have been a leader in this field since the acquisition of very first private C.A.R.E.N ( computer assisted rehabilitation environment ) in US.

Human balance relies on information coming from a variety of different nerve cells located in the different regions of the human nervous system.  Once this information is received and processed a moto walking and stabilizing the spine during dynamic postural control.

Nervous System and Balance

The ability to process and integrate information from the vestibular system, ocular system(vision), proprioception, and posture compose balance.

THE ROLE OF VISION
Most of the postural information we perceive is derived from our ability tors the position of limbs in the 3 dimensional space.

THE ROLE OF POSTURE
The ability to gravity is very important in maintaining balance.

THE ROLE OF VESTIBULAR SYSTEM
The vestibular system, also known as cochlea-vestibular system, in conjunction with the cerebellum synchronizes eye movement to keep images on the retina during head movements. This vestibuloocular reflex controls balance.

THE ROLE OF PROPRIOCEPTION
Sensory information arriving from the plantar soles, foot, and ankle joints combined with all the other sensory inputs provides information tors in foot and leg muscles provides steering and control of balance.

Balance and Stroke

Research shows that initial balance recovery is a strong predictors. Reestablishing central processing and integration of sensory information is essential for successful stroke balance recovery.

Our Unique Approach to Treatment of Balance Disorders at Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation

We are proudly the first virtual reality center for stroke rehabilitation in New York City. Our C.A.R.E.N (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment) system is the most advanced stroke rehabilitation technology in the world. With the combination of our advanced technologies and unique rehabilitative approaches we are the most advanced private neurorehab center in New York City.

C.A.R.E.N (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment) Treatment

C.A.R.E.N is a versatile, multi sensory virtual reality system for rehabilitation of neurological disorders affecting human locomotion (walking), balance, vestibular system, and the ability to integrate and process sensory information.

The system works in real-time and enables the creation of a variety of sensory experiences in a controlled and repeatable immersive environment by using a combination of different virtual environment  principals and specialized integrative hardware such as 6 degrees of freedom motion platform, 180 degree screen, and motion capture system.

VR (Virtual Reality) is one of the most innovative, effective, evidence based and most recent of medical technologies which has begun tool in the rehabilitation of neurological disorders. Disorders such as stroke, parkinson, different types of neuropathies, traumatic brain damage (TBI), concussion, and balance and vestibular disorders.

Extensive research data shows that task-specific training provided by VR (Virtual Reality) is much more effective versus conventional or non-specific training. Studies show that rehabilitation outcomes are better when a patient is treated in an immersive environment and practice is task- oriented and repeatable.

The brain remodels itself in response to practice – this is called experience dependent plasticity.
The brain changes (neuroplasticity) in response tor repetition like conventional physical therapy.

C.A.R.E.N is a rehabilitative environment in which movement dysfunction can be alleviated and movement patterns can be optimized. C.A.R.E.N’s uniqueness comes from using variety of different sensory feedbacks in real time simultaneously. This enhances the effect of processing the multi-sensory input which is then converted for optimized motor perceptual output.
The success of this innovative rehabilitation technology lies in the ability of the software to achieve with conventional stroke physical therapy.

What Are Other Stroke Rehabilitation Treatments Available?

A woman during C.A.R.E.N session of balance recovery
At Dynamic Neuromuscular Rehabilitation we use another unique approach available only with us in NYC. Vojta therapy aka reflex locomotion is a neuro rehabilitative approach commonly used in Europe for treatment of patients with neurological diseases. Vojta therapy improves sensory motor reflexes. Vojta therapy is evidence based European approach commonly used in German speaking countries for stroke rehabilitation.

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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)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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

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