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Click on to a profession in one of the segments in the schematic below to see the services which may be provided by the selected health care professional to assist patients undergoing stroke recovery.

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Trigger points for a GP referral to a physiotherapist

  • When the patient is medically stable: where problems with movement, balance or coordination are detected
  • Approximately six months after the original stroke: for assessment of the need for further treatment and/or a change to the current treatment plan
  • Where a patient complains of new movement, balance or coordination problems
  • When a patient complains of a recurrence of old movement, balance or coordination problems

Trigger points for a physiotherapist referral to a GP

  • Significant deterioration in function


Potential treatment by a physiotherapist

  • Physiotherapy interventions may include:
    • An intensive hands-on rehabilitation program, a regime of home exercises, and education and support of the client, family and carers
    • Liaison with other members of the primary care team
  • Physiotherapy interventions are designed to assist patients to gain as much independence as possible.  They may be designed to assist a patient to:
    • Walk
    • Move an affected limb
    • Learn to use both sides of the body again
    • Manage pain and joint stiffness