Title: Acupuncture Therapy During Acute and Subacute Stroke Rehabilitation: Individualized treatment to support physical, occupational and speech/language therapy outcomes
In this Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds clinical presentation, Dr. Citkovitz and discussants, Dr. Tam, Dr. Glokler, and Dr. Wu, discussed the case of a patient suffering dense hemiparesis and expressive aphasia. He was seen across acute and subacute rehabilitation environments, with considerable variation in frequency of treatment (1-4 treatments per week) over the course of five weeks. During this rehabilition, speech therapists reported rapid progress from repetition of monosyllables to independent sentence generation, with rate of recovery appearing to coincide with periods of more frequent treatment. Additionally, following three treatments focusing on shoulder range of motion at the request of the occupational therapist, the therapist reported a change from 90 to 130 degrees.