Brain Stroke Recovery
Stroke recovery is one of the most difficult and important steps that occur after a patient has suffered from a stroke. Strokes are frightening experiences to get through and at some point, individuals who have been through a stroke may feel hopeless in what concerns rehabilitation and regaining their functions. Stroke recovery is possible but it hard work for the patient, the medical team involved in the process and the patient’s family. Most of the time, the patient’s family gets an educational therapy in which they are thought how to overcome what they will be facing.
Depending on the severity of the stroke some patients may remain with few minor disabilities that can be solved after rehabilitation but most of them need to undergo the full stroke recovery process in order to regain their functions. Stroke recovery may occur in nursing facilities, hospitals or specialized hospitals depending on the severity of the condition and the money the patient affords to spend on his or her rehabilitation. The Stroke American Heart Association has published a list of trusted physicians and hospitals that patients who need rehabilitation from stroke may contact. The list is published on their official website http://www.strokeassociation.org. Also, the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities is an international nonprofit body which has published a list of accredited rehabilitation facilities within the United States.
The main therapies included in a stroke recovery process are speech therapies which focus on teaching the patient to talk again and swallow (a common problem with which almost every patient fights after suffering a stroke) or physical therapies to improve the patient’s motor functions. Some patients lose their dexterity in their arm and hand and so they have to follow a therapy to regain their ability of making fine moves with the arm and hand. The muscle strength and coordination are reestablished through a strengthening motor skills therapy along with a mobility training therapy which focuses in learning how to use walking aids or canes in order to relearn how to walk. Sometimes, electrical stimulation is used to stimulate the weakened muscles in order to contract them.
Psychological therapy is common among the stroke patients due to the impact that the stroke and stroke recovery have on him or her. The patients undergoing rehabilitation from a stroke need especially the family support. It is very hard for them not only to be incapable of taking care of themselves but having to work so hard in order to do what they are supposed to do so they can regain their functions. Patients can become depressed and antidepressants are usually prescribed.
There is no doubt that stroke recovery is a very hard process to go through by both patients and their families.