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Rehabilitation Medicine as a whole treat several diseases, injuries, and symptoms. The umbrella, the focus is broken down to include:
Understanding Why Stroke Rehabilitation Is Necessary
Stroke rehabilitation can help you regain the skills that you may lose following a stroke.
While there are many approaches to rehabilitation, your symptoms and condition will help determine the treatments that are best suited for you.
With the assistance of our physical therapists and physiatrists, a treatment plan will target your health and body’s ability to function. Recovering from a stroke takes time. As your designated health care team, we will provide you with education, medication, therapy, and other forms of treatment that work to improve your quality of life.
Surviving a Stroke — What You Can Expect
If you’ve experienced a stroke, you know that the hours and days following the event can be some of the most confusing and challenging times of your life. But now is the time to seek treatment. A key part of rehabilitation is to prevent another stroke from occurring. To improve your health, you should seek professional assistance with medication and physical therapy. You will likely need to make changes in your lifestyle that include exercise, diet, and other activities that occupy your day.
Following a stroke, you may experience changes in the following:
- Mood including depression
- Ability to think straight or focus on one activity
- Problems with speech
- Trouble eating or drinking
- Lack of energy
Leading Causes of Strokes
There are certain factors that contribute to your risk of a stroke. Some of these causes are preventable while others we are born with and can take action to lower our risk. Here are the primary origins of strokes:
- Age. While anyone can experience a stroke, after the age of 55 your risk of a stroke doubles each decade.
- Smoking. Nicotine causes your blood pressure to rise while cigarette smoke causes a buildup in your arteries. As the blood thickens, it can lead to complications such as a blood clot, raising your risk of a stroke.
- Exercise and weight. If you are overweight, you can decrease your chances of a stroke by exercising at least 30 minutes a day. Exercises can include brisk walks, muscle-strengthening, or other low-intensity workouts.
- High blood pressure. Also referred to as hypertension, having high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of strokes in America.
- Heart disease. Typically, irregular heartbeats lead to strokes.
- Diabetes. A combination of high blood pressure and issues with weight are often associated with diabetes, which dramatically raises your chances of a stroke. Damages to your brain are even greater when you experience a stroke with high blood pressure.
- Other factors including race, gender, and family health history. Being born with sickle cell disease, a genetic condition that interrupts blood flow, is often found in African-American and non-white Hispanics compared to other groups. Moreover, men tend to experience strokes at a higher level than females in the same age group. Your family’s history with high blood pressure and diabetes also contribute to your risk.
Types of Strokes
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off because without oxygen in your blood, your brain cells begin to die within minutes. These are the two ways this can occur:
Hemorrhagic: This type is less common but involves a blood vessel in your brain expanding like a balloon and then bursting. High blood pressure, as well as an excess of blood thinner medication in your system, can result in a hemorrhagic stroke.
Ischemic: At least eight out of ten strokes are ischemic. These occur when a blood vessel to your brain is plugged. Blood clots and poor blood circulation are both contributors.
What to Expect as You Recover with the Assistance of Stroke Rehabilitation
Ultimately, the goal of rehabilitation is to assist you in regaining independence and improving your quality of life. Research has shown evidence of greater levels of recovery for those patients who participate in rehabilitation programs compared to those who receive no treatment at all. Their ability to function is severely improved following treatment.
While recovery will vary from one individual to another, in general terms, therapy has shown the ability to improve these conditions within 12 to 18 months after a stroke:
- Improve mood and other cognitive effects
- Increase motivation to perform activities outside of therapy
- Regain strength in the body including the ability to eat and drink comfortably
Our goal is to get you to a healthy and happy state where the things that matter most to you are once again restored.