Date of Award
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Background and Purpose: Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and can cause severe, debilitating, and lasting effects. Although a fair amount of research has been performed on treatment of individuals following a stroke, few studies exist looking at the collaborative efforts of physical therapy and music therapy.
Case Description: This case follows the 13-week interdisciplinary care of an 83-year old female patient with chronic impairments following a cerebrovascular accident suffered approximately 2 years prior.
Interventions: Following an initial evaluation, the patient performed 11 one-hour treatment sessions over an 11-week period. The patient was co-treated during each session by a music therapy student and two physical therapy students under the direction of a licensed music therapist and a licensed physical therapist. Interventions included gait training with rhythmic auditory stimulation, balance training, lower extremity and core strengthening, and overall quality of life through music.
Outcomes: After 11 weeks of interventions the patient was reassessed and outcomes were recorded. The patient demonstrated increased competency on the Berg Balance Scale and Short Form-36 as well as decreased timed up-and-go and 5 Time Sit to Stand times, and an increase in her comfortable gait speed.
Discussion: Collaboration of treatment between music therapy and physical therapy led to improvements in functional mobility, gait speed, and quality of life for this individual with chronic stroke.
Aymond, Matthew and Sanders, Michelle, "Collaboration of music therapy and physical therapy: a case study for treatment of a patient with chronic stroke" (2018). Physical Therapy Scholarly Projects. 652.