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Physiotherapy

At The Stroke Clinic our physiotherapists are on-hand 7 days a week to help maximise your mobility and function. Recovering from a stroke requires time, patience and expertise. Here at the Stroke Clinic, patients are managed by a specialist multi-disciplinary team led by Stroke and Medical Consultants.

Physiotherapy following a stroke

The body’s movement and general functionality can be severely affected by a stroke. Early diagnosis and assessment of this is imperative to aiding a successful recovery as the recovery rate of the brain is at its greatest in the first three months after a stroke. Our Physiotherapists work with patients both on the ward and in the customized gym and rehabilitation center within our Physiotherapy Unit, applying specialist skills to improve the body’s movement and function, optimizing muscle tone and improving balance, co-ordination and function following a stroke.

Initial management

When you come into the hospital, we will assess to make sure you have the most appropriate management plan. This may involve scans, tests, medication and medical and nursing care.

You should meet therapists soon after this, when you are medically stable. They may be a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist and/or a speech and language therapist who will work intensively with you start you on your way to recovery.

Physiotherapy’s value in the treatment of a stroke helps promote activity and a healthy lifestyle. Physiotherapy focuses on a physical approach to maximise potential in the function and movement of the body with an end goal of benefiting people both physically and psychologically and getting them back to carrying out daily activities.

How can stroke affect movement?

  • Weakness or even complete paralysis in the muscles on one side of the body.
  • Limbs may move in a different way than usual when trying to use them.
  • Limbs may feel heavy.
  • Problems with posture and balance that increase the chance of a fall.

First three months

After a stroke, our brains are unable to replace damaged cells, so recovery depends on your brain’s ability to re-organise its undamaged cells to make up for cells that were damaged during the stroke. This is known as neuroplasticity. The recovery rate of the brain is at its greatest in the first three months after a stroke. As such, intensive rehabilitation is most beneficial at this stage to address the problems and difficulties your stroke has left you with.

What if you are managing but are still not 100%?

Physiotherapy is just as important when you are doing most things but you are not quite 100%. This is to reduce your chances of injury from muscle imbalances and to progress and challenge the final stages of your rehabilitation enabling you to do all that you were doing before as quickly as possible.

Your brain can continue to heal for up to two years

As you continue to improve and get better, your exercises will become more challenging to optimize your capabilities.

What happens after two years?

You may understandably get tired of exercising for such a long period, however further gains can be made down the track when you are ready.

Physiotherapy at a later stage can optimise your physical status and more importantly make you aware of bad habits that may have developed so that you can change them and find easier ways to do things.

Contact us

At The Stroke Clinic we offer treatment from the physiotherapy unit based within the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth. The unit is one of the UK’s leading physio centres and offers a comprehensive range of treatments, premium facilities, and is staffed by expert chartered physiotherapists with a cross section of specialist skills. Our physios are experienced in dealing with the challenges and issues that people face when dealing with a Stroke and devise personalised plans to benefit each individual that they treat.

Exercise is key in how a physio can help patients to improve their well-being and all of our physios work on a personal level with each individual to assess their own requirements and what suits them best. As well as the one to one sessions our physios will teach you exercises that can be performed between sessions, possibly with the assistance of a family member or carer. By doing this it helps increase your physical activity and allows us to monitor your progress to see what works best for each individual between sessions.

We encourage you to book an appointment to see just how we can help you.

Stroke Clinic

The Stroke Unit at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is equipped to provide expert treatment, aftercare and rehabilitation support for patients and their families.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, our private GP practice and Urgent Care Clinic, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7806 4075.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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