Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., with one person dying every four minutes.
Approximately 800,000 people have a stroke each year, about one every 40 seconds.
Strokes occur due to problems with the blood supply to the brain: either the blood supply is blocked or a blood vessel within the brain ruptures, causing brain tissue to die. A stroke is a medical emergency, and treatment must be sought as quickly as possible.
The goals of a stroke rehabilitation program are to help relearn skills you lost when stroke affected part of your brain. Physical therapy can help you regain independence and improve your quality of life.
Studies have found that the central nervous system is adaptive and can recover some functions.
Post-stroke paralysis can be discouraging, but again, don’t let it stop you.
There are tons of stories of stroke survivors who overcome post stroke paralysis even when the doctors say there is no hope.
Don’t let someone’s opinion about your recovery deter your efforts.
When someone tells you that you can’t do something, you may fall under the nocebo effect, which is the opposite of the placebo effect. Instead of believing in positive outcomes, you begin to believe in negative outcomes, which unfortunately can turn those negative outcomes into reality.
Therefore, if someone tells you that you can’t achieve a full recovery, ignore them. You’re much better off believing in a full recovery than settling for someone else’s limiting beliefs.
Rehabilitation is probably one of the most important phases of recovery for many stroke survivors. The effects of stroke may mean that you must change, relearn or redefine how you live. The goals are to build strength, capability and confidence so you can continue your daily activities despite the effects of your stroke.
Physical therapy will include mobility skills such as transferring, walking or self-propelling a wheelchair, bed mobility, assisted device training such as cane, walker, and patient/caregiver education.
When you finished therapy at your clinic, don’t forget that reaching plateau is not the end of your progress it is simply a slowing down, not a stopping.
Every stroke is different and therefore every stroke recovery is different, making it impossible for medical professionals to understand your situation perfectly.
You know you best, which means that you should take the reins for your recovery – especially when starting your physical therapy rehabilitation.