Stroke rehabilitation: What to expect as you recover?

Stroke, also known as “brain attack,” is an emergency condition in which there is an injury to the brain leading to decreased blood flow. This can cause long-term damage over time. Signs and symptoms of a stroke include slurred speech, double vision, loss of speech, headache, confusion, and loss of balance. 

What is Stroke Rehabilitation?

After a person had a stroke, the brain may need to recover some of what was lost. A stroke survivor experiences paralysis, loss of voluntary movement and involuntary movements, inability to walk, imbalance (ataxia), problems with thinking and memory, emotional disturbances, and aphasia. Rehabilitation programs are very important in helping patients cope-up with their physical, lingual, and mental functions. Although rehabilitation can not reverse the brain injury, it can help the patient get back to a normal life. Rehabilitation is not a one time process, it is a continuous, dedicated, and time-taking journey. 

Approaches Involved in Stroke Rehabilitation

There are plenty of techniques used for stroke rehabilitation. The rehabilitation process varies according to the type and intensity of the injury. 

Types of stroke Rehabilitation programs

There are many types of a stroke treatment program, which includes the following:

Who participates in Stroke Rehabilitation? 

Stroke rehabilitation is a mutual process where multiple experts are helping a survivor get back to life. It involves a variety of specialists such as: 

Role of Technology in Stroke Rehabilitation

As technology is advancing day by day we are equipped with innovative devices and methods that can help the patient rehabilitate quickly and effectively. Some of them are: 

What factors affect the outcome of Stroke Rehabilitation? 

Stroke recovery depends on a variety of factors and varies from person to person. The factors that affect stroke rehabilitation are: 

 

Stroke rehabilitation takes patience and time, but it is always worth the effort. 

References:

Duncan, P. W., Zorowitz, R., Bates, B., Choi, J. Y., Glasberg, J. J., Graham, G. D., … & Reker, D. (2005). Management of adult stroke rehabilitation care: a clinical practice guideline. Stroke, 36(9), e100-e143.

Dombovy, M. L., Sandok, B. A., & Basford, J. R. (1986). Rehabilitation for stroke: a review. Stroke, 17(3), 363-369.

Gresham, G. E., Stason, W. B., & Duncan, P. W. (2004). Post-stroke rehabilitation (Vol. 95, No. 662). Diane Publishing.

Kelley, R. E., & Borazanci, A. P. (2009). Stroke rehabilitation. Neurological research, 31(8), 832-840.

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