Category Archives: Stroke Rehabilitation

Stroke Awareness Month: Patient Profile

PannyRhodes2In her distinguished career, including prominent positions such as state delegate and rector of the Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors, Panny Rhodes has always been active and independent. In fact, she and her husband Jim had returned from a trip to the Mediterranean just days before Panny experienced a life-changing event – a devastating stroke. Continue reading


Sheltering Arms Launching New High-Tech Walking and Upper Extremity Rehab Centers

Sheltering Arms Launching New High-Tech Walking and Upper Extremity Rehab Centers

iWALK and iREACH Feature First-in-the-Nation Collection of Physical Therapy Technology

 (Richmond, Va.) – A high-tech revolution is underway in physical rehabilitation, as more and more amazing new devices are becoming available that can help medical and therapy professionals to help injured individuals.  Bringing many of these devices into one place, Sheltering Arms is launching the iWALK and iREACH Recovery Centers, a first-in-the-nation collection of rehabilitation technology that are used by expert clinicians to help patients discover the power to overcome disability.

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SA Therapist published in PT Products Online – “Get With The Program“


Products to treat common issues in sports orthopedics and fitness, and return athletes to play.

by: Shannon R. La Spina, PT, DPT

Article Originally published in

Therapy balls are an excellent source for a high-level core training program.

In an average physical therapy clinic, where a high-level athlete with ankle pain can be followed by a new runner with knee pain, knowing what to use in treating sports injuries is paramount for an effective training program and quick recovery. In my clinic, Sheltering Arms’ Maple Outpatient Center, Richmond, Va, typical subjective complaints of insidious-onset pain include knee pain while squatting, low back pain while playing a beloved sport, and ankle pain while running, to name a few. When it comes to joint, muscle, and fascial dysfunction, nontraumatic onset pain can usually be boiled down to four key areas.
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Read all about Sheltering Arms’ Stroke Accreditation in the Mechanicsville Local

The Mechanicsville Local, the weekly newspaper for the town of Mechanicsville, published a story this week about the new stroke rehabilitation accreditation for The Sheltering Arms Hospital.  The story is scanned and posted below.  Click it for a larger version!


Video: Sheltering Arms Patient Jamaal Williams on WTVR TV

You’ve seen the still pictures, now here’s the video!  Below is video from a segment on the WTVR TV (CBS6) program “Virginia This Morning” that aired on September 15.  The segment featured Jamaal Williams and his mother, Daisy, talking about Jamaal’s recovery from a stroke he suffered at the age of 28.  Jamaal made a remarkable recovery with the help of his therapy team at Sheltering Arms.  You can learn more about Jamaal and two other remarkable patient stories from Sheltering Arms TONIGHT, by watching the Sheltering Arms documentary “The Power to Overcome” on channel 6 at 7:30pm.

More on this month’s TV documentary from Sheltering Arms

Don’t forget, coming up this month three television stations in Richmond will air a documentary that highlights the hard work and dedication of three patients and their therapy teams.  The program gives an inside look at the compassion, technology, expert care, history and innovation at a place where miracles happen every day.  To view a video preview, visit this post on the Sheltering Arms Blog.

Here’s a look at the patients profiled in the documentary:

Jamaal Williams is a name familiar to just about anyone involved with Sheltering Arms, as he is an inspiration to us all.  Jamaal is a former Virginia Union University football player who had a massive stroke at the age of 28.  When he arrived at Sheltering Arms, he was completely paralyzed on the left side of his body and was unable to speak.  Today, with help from his rehab team and technologies like the REO robotic trainer and SaeboFlex, he is mobile, vocal, and independent.

David Thomas was left immobile and unable to eat food or speak following a brain aneurysm.  His family was told to consider putting him in a nursing home. Instead, he was transferred to Sheltering Arms, where the gains he made in the hospital and after his return home have been nothing short of miraculous.  His first words post-stroke were to his daughter, when he said he loved her.  Recently, he walked her down the aisle at her wedding.

Dorothy “Dot” Hughes has a lifelong relationship with Sheltering Arms.  In the 1950s, her two sons were born at the hospital.  All that she was asked to bring with her were cans of evaporated milk.  No payment was required.  In 2002, she was once again cared for by Sheltering Arms, this time as a stroke rehabilitation patient.  Today, she participates in Club Rec, a day recreation program for individuals with a disability or physical limitation.  Club Rec is one of many services in Sheltering Arms’ Partner for Life Program.

The documentary was produced by Eric Futterman, a two-time Emmy award-winning videographer from Richmond.  Eric has produced a number of other videos for Sheltering Arms.  You can learn more about him here.

Here’s a reminder of the air dates for the documentary.  Set your DVR if you won’t be home!

  • Tuesday, 9/8 at 9:00 p.m. on WRIC, Channel 8
  • Saturday, 9/12 at 7:00 p.m. on WWBT, Channel 12
  • Saturday, 9/19 at 7:30 p.m. on WTVR, Channel 6

Sheltering Arms Documentary to Air in Richmond in September

Richmond TV viewers will have the opportunity to see the stories of a few of the wonderful people who have been helped by Sheltering Arms in the last 120 years, in an upcoming television documentary.  The 30-minute documentary, created by Emmy-award winning local filmmaker Eric Futterman, will air in September on three local Richmond TV affiliates. It follows three Sheltering Arms patients, David Thomas, Jamaal Williams, and Dorothy “Dot” Hughes, as their rehabilitation team helped them learn the power to overcome disability.

Here’s the schedule, and a look at a promo for the program. Set your DVR if you won’t be home on these evenings!

  • Tuesday, 9/8 at 9:00 p.m. on WRIC, Channel 8
  • Saturday, 9/12 at 7:00 p.m. on WWBT, Channel 12
  • Saturday, 9/19 at 7:30 p.m. on WTVR, Channel 6