Our Stroke Team

The Certified Stroke Center physicians and staff at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance work together to diagnose, treat, and provide early rehabilitation to stroke patients. Our team of specialists includes emergency medicine physicians, neurologists, radiologists, rehabilitation physicians, and nurses providing around the clock care. They are trained to provide rapid assessment and treatment of patients with "stroke-like symptoms" such as facial droop, weakness of one side or slurred speech. Since "time is brain," their speed and accuracy is extremely important at minimizing the devastating effects of a stroke.

Our Stroke Center staff also includes physical, occupational and speech therapists who are familiar with the long-term and short-term needs of the stroke patient. Our inpatient therapists initiate early mobility after stroke to minimize complications of bedrest, assess swallow function to prevent aspiration (when needed) and contribute essential information about your rehabilitation needs to help the care team identify a safe discharge plan. Some stroke survivors can go directly home and may require some home health or outpatient rehabilitation. Many stroke survivors require more intensive rehabilitation at either an acute rehabilitation unit, or a skilled nursing facility. While hospitalized, each patient receives a personalized treatment program that may include specific exercises, getting out of bed, walking, self-care and communication or memory training to regain as much movement and function as possible. Therapists always incorporate patient and family education about safety and fall prevention in every treatment session.

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