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Stroke Rehabilitation

Expert stroke recovery in San Diego to help restore function

A stroke patient with a therapist working on cooking skill of cutting during a stroke rehab session.

Expert stroke recovery in San Diego to help restore function

Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the US, often producing long-term side effects. If your loved one has survived a stroke and is affected by ongoing impairments, Scripps Health in San Diego offers expert rehabilitation programs designed to help.

Stroke rehab services

The goal of stroke rehabilitation is to help your loved one relearn skills and abilities and return to productive, independent living.


While success depends partially on the amount of damage to the brain, your loved one’s recovery can be enhanced by starting rehabilitation as soon as possible with caregivers who are highly experienced in stroke therapies. Often this requires a blend of therapy from physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy as well as audiology and other professionals, including rehab counselors.


Our rehab program can help with many side effects of stroke, including:


  • Paralysis or weakness
  • Mobility, balance or coordination problems
  • Trouble speaking or swallowing
  • Memory or learning problems

The full spectrum of stroke care

Scripps offers the full continuum of care for stroke patients who require rehabilitation, ranging from our brain injury day treatment program to outpatient stroke rehab and home health rehabilitation.


Together, these customized, intense therapies are designed to help patients improve strength and mobility, decrease spasticity, re-learn skills and develop new ways to compensate for decreased abilities.

Outpatient stroke rehab

Scripps offers outpatient rehabilitation for stroke patients throughout San Diego. Care is provided by physical therapists who are specially trained to care for people recovering from stroke or brain injury.


Advanced certifications include Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) certification, Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation (NEURO-IFRAH) certification, and neurological clinical specialist (NCS) certification.

Classes and support groups

Brainmasters: Improvisational Speaking Group for Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors

This fun, supportive and interactive group includes improvisational games and is specifically designed for stroke and brain injury survivors. Registration is required due to limited seating. For more information and to RSVP, contact Debbie Pimstone, licensed clinical social worker, at 760-633-6709.


Healing Arts Class and Support Group

This class is free and open to the community. You will enjoy self-expression through art, develop a new leisure interest and increase your art skills. Art supplies are free for participants. Registration is required due to limited seating.


2nd and 4th Wednesdays: 4 pm - 5:30 pm

Scripps Encinitas Rehabilitation Services

1092 N. El Camino Real

Encinitas, CA 92024

Contact: Meredith Nowak, physical therapist, at 760-633-7688 or email nowak.meredith@scrippshealth.org.

Stroke rehabilitation locations