Vertebral Artery Dissection

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Vertebral Artery Dissection Treatments

As a vertebral artery dissection patient you can expect procedures and treatments including any or all of the following (and more):

  • Anticoagulant Therapy (with any one of many medications)
  • Close monitoring of neurological condition
  • Follow up MRI, MRA, or other scans
  • Physical Therapy
  • Vocal or Speech Therapy (if voice is affected)
  • Vestibular Therapy
  • Vestibular Medications (to minimize nausea or help balance)
  • Surgery (possible but uncommon)
  • Daily Baby Aspirin (I am still taking one daily)

Vertebral Artery Dissection patients should develop a good relationship with their doctors and specialists because they will be visiting them a great deal until they are fully recovered.

Depending upon the severity of the dissection (and maybe stroke) and the damage it caused, a patient's treatments, physical therapy, and physician care may last months or years.

In the future, I would like to add information about doctors who specialize in vertebral artery dissections. If you know of a doctor who specializes in vertebral artery dissections or even has a great deal of experience with them, please email me.

*** The treatments listed are NOT RECOMMENDATIONS. ***

*** The information in this site is only a representation of my personal experience. ALWAYS follow your physicians' and therapists' guidance and advice over my suggestions and influence. ***

Tai Chi for Strength and Balance

Tai Chi helped me gain strength and balance to recover from my stroke and vertebral artery dissection. It was recommended by my physical therapist and was the best recommendation I was given. These are the Tai Chi DVDs I recommend for you. They are simple and slow. I also recommend a good non-slip mat like the ones I used (keep your receipts for taxes).

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I laughed at first but the results were amazing...

Tai Chi was the most effective method I used to regain my balance, strength, and confidence. I felt a little funny doing it at first but the results were great.  This is one of the cd's I used and the mat I used - the orange mat, actually.