How rehab can help after a stroke
Most of us don’t think twice about basic skills like walking or speaking. But a stroke can cause difficulties with functions we take for granted. Some can be permanent, but others can be helped with rehab. Gina Gleissner, OTD, answered questions about what life after stroke can look like and how rehab can help.
What are common issues experienced after a stroke that can be helped by rehab?
Every stroke is as unique as the person experiencing it. There are several ways therapists can help after someone experiences a stroke, whether it be helping with daily routine, movement, speaking, swallowing or even driving a car. Having an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, which includes occupational, physical or speech therapy, will allow for the most well-rounded recovery to improve issues an individual may face after experiencing a stroke.
How do you choose the right therapist after stroke?
Ultimately, the most important step leading to rehabilitation is finding a therapist with advanced training and certifications in neuroscience (stroke) rehabilitation. Just as there are many specialty areas for doctors, the same exists for therapists. Finding the correct therapist or group of therapists, is important.
How can you increase your chances of a successful recovery?
Neuroplasticity is the most important concept in stroke recovery. This is the ability for the brain to retrain itself to recover the functionality lost by stroke. Getting care from a specialized therapist quickly, is important. Completing personalized exercises is also important, as the brain needs a lot of practice to make these positive changes that lead to improved functioning.
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