Stroke Management and Treatment in the Acute Setting

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This is a one day advanced stroke management course focused on identification and management of the barriers to achieving optimal outcomes in the stroke population in the acute care environment. Therapists will review the latest AHA stroke guidelines and assist therapists identify the key issues that need to be treated and managed in order to facilitate the best outcomes with early management in the acute setting.

This stroke course will investigate the critical issues in the stroke population such as the implications of the area of the brain involved in a stroke. Additionally, the impact of the cognitive, visual, language, and behavioral sequelae are explored in order to gain a full impact of the impact of a stroke. This assessement will form the foundation of the development of the appropriate stroke rehabilitation program. Literature for current cryptogenic stroke medical management, early mobilization, pharmacology are instructed as they will form the evidence that supports rehab program development.

Current evidence based practice, and incorporating evidence into the best treatment strategies for facilitating neuroplasticity are discussed. Learn strategies for treating complex cases such as pusher syndrome and cerebellar strokes. Case presentations will be utilized throughout the course as well as the importance of a team approach. This course is applicable for PT, PTA , OT and AT’s.

Stroke Management and Treatment in the Acute Setting

Course Objectives


  • Identify current diagnostics for diagnosing cryptogenic strokes.
  • Identify stroke guidelines for early mobilization.
  • Identify pharmacological interventions and their consequences in the early treatment of stroke.
  • Define neuroplasticity and identify key concepts in facilitating neuroplasticity.
  • Develop strategies for treating stroke survivors in the ICU.
  • Identify common cognitive impairments after stroke.
  • Identify essential education for support system in the acute phases of rehab.
  • Define pusher syndrome and develop treatment strategies.
  • Develop treatment strategies for individuals with cerebellar strokes.

Instructed by: Laura Wiggs, PT, NCS, CBIS


I love the challenge of brain injury. While there may be general patterns in brain injury, no two are exactly alike. Let me show you how to deliver better results for your younger (under 55 yrs) stroke patients.
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