Understanding Stroke Recovery
Understanding stroke recovery is necessary for anyone with a loved one in need of rehabilitation. This post clarifies some basics.
As anyone who has experience a stroke will tell you, it is an excruciating experience that has long-lasting effects.
What is a Stroke?
Simply put, a stroke is when the brain doesn’t get blood and its oxygen. As different parts of the brain control different functions, a stroke that occurs in one region of the brain will produce different side affects than a stroke that happens at a different part of the brain.
So, what can you do to help your loved one recover from a stroke and make life great again?
The first step is to find your loved one the right rehab services.
The purpose of stroke rehab is to help your loved one learn how to use the skills that they lost when the stroke hit. Although recovery from stroke depends on the severity of the stroke and individual factors, people who undergo stroke rehabilitation tend to have a better stroke recovery than those who don’t.
It’s important to start stroke rehabilitation as soon as possible following the stroke. It is an opportune time to impact the recovery. This is due to neuroplasticity, which “allows your brain to rewire the healthy parts of your brain to pick up the slack.” Since the early stages are characterized by change and plasticity, it is also a time that that can help with the recovery. Ultimately, your doctor will be the one to decide if your loved one is ready for rehab.
Of course, there is much more to know ab stroke rehabilitation. But for now, the important thing to keep in mind is its importance and the urgency not to push it off.
What has been your experience with stroke rehabilitation?
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