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Stroke and Neurological Rehabilitation


For more information about therapy services, call one of Meriter's Therapy Center locations.
Central - (608) 417-8250
DeForest-Windsor - (608) 417-3370
Hospital - (608) 417-6173
Middleton - (608) 417-8025
Monona - (608) 417-3131
Wellness Center - (608) 417-6102
West - (608) 417-8050

Our physical, occupational and speech therapists work together to address neurological impairments. Diagnoses treated include:

  • Ataxia
  • Balance Disorders
  • Brain Injuries
  • CVAs
  • Gait Disturbance
  • Lower/Upper Extremity Amputations
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Injuries
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Vestibular Disorders

Below you will find a listing of specialized services available through our therapists, who specialize in neurological concerns.

Fall Assessments
Our therapists use a variety of standardized tests to evaluate patients with a history of falls and balance concerns. Therapists measure each patient's fall risk and evaluate their mobility. Treatment programs and recommendations address each patient's specific functional needs.

Driver's Readiness Program
After a serious illness or injury, there can be questions about safely returning to the road. Our Driver's Readiness Program is a unique evaluation process that helps determine an individual's ability to drive safely. Occupational therapists and rehabilitation psychologists work with each patient to test his or her skills and decide how to safely modify the vehicle. To learn more about this service, please call (608)417-8520.

Wheelchair Fitting / Mobility Training

This clinic is for patients who use wheelchairs as their primary means of mobility and who require specialized seating. Patients receive assistance in acquiring new wheelchairs (power and manual) and seating systems tailored to their specific needs. In addition, wheelchair users with seating problems are assisted in finding solutions.

Rehabilitation Psychology
Lifestyle changes often accompany an illness or injury, and adjusting to these changes is an important step in the total rehabilitation process.

Meriter's rehabilitation psychologist, Gretchen Byfield, PhD, provides rehabilitation psychology services, which are an important link in the functional recovery of patient and family. Psychological testing and treatment are also available. For more information about this service, please call (608) 417-6175.

Speech Therapy
Speech Pathology provides diagnostic and treatment services to inpatients and outpatients with speech, language, cognitive or swallowing problems. Our experienced staff has specialized training in their areas of practice. We value patients and families as partners in the treatment process and place a strong emphasis on patient and family education.

Visual Perception Assessment

Our therapists use standardized tests and functional performance assessments to evaluate patients with visual disturbances including:

  • Hemianopsia
  • Field cuts
  • Double vision
  • Depth perception deficits

Patients receive information on how to modify their environment to accommodate vision deficits.

Gait Training with Lite Gait
This gait assessment and training uses a postural-control device that reduces the amount of weight borne by the patient. It can be considered for both children and adults with gait problems involving balance, posture and/or coordination. The device is useful for patients with varying abilities, and can be used by patients with CVA, incomplete spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and Parkinson's disease.

Vestibular Rehabilitation
This service is for patients with dizziness and imbalance from diagnoses that include:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Peripheral vestibular dysfunction (labyrinthitis, neuritis and idiopathic dizziness)
  • Central vestibular dysfunction (Multiple Sclerosis, following CVA/TIA)

New patients are assessed for motion sensitivity and undergo an ocular-motor examination including dynamic visual acuity. This examination checks vestibular-ocular reflexes. Our therapists also examine each patient for balance and functional safety using standardized tests.