Rehabilitation Therapy is Extremely Important and Essential for Stroke Survivors
According to statistics, stroke is considered to be a leading cause of long-term disability in adults. In the United States alone, at least 795,000 people suffer a stroke each year. Despite its prevalence and the detrimental effects associated with stroke, survivors and their loved ones have the ability to discover workable solutions for the most challenging situations that may occur after a stroke.
When seeking solutions, a family may have to be patient and approach the situation with ingenuity and perseverance; however, it must be known that starting the recovery and rehabilitation process early may improve the functionality of a stroke victim and may result in an absolutely remarkable recovery.
Here at Back to Motion Physical Therapy, we spend a great deal of time assisting stroke survivors. If you or your loved one has suffered a stroke, continue reading to learn how rehabilitation therapy works.
It is a known fact that medical professionals, scientists, and researchers are still a bit perplexed on how the brain handles the damages induced by a stroke. In some instances, it is believed that the cells of the brain may only experience temporary damage. Over time, these cells have the potential to resume function. In other instances, the brain has its own ability to reorganize functionality. Despite dire statistics, many survivors have overcome the odds and have experience an unanticipated recovery that the medical community is simply unable to explain. The following outlines the basic statistics associated with stroke:
- 15% of all stroke victims will die within a short time of having a stroke
- 10% of all stroke victims require care within a long-term skilled nursing facility
- 40% of all stroke victims experience impairments to such a degree that special care is necessary
- 25% of all stroke victims recover with only very minor impairments
- 10% of all stroke victims recover nearly 100%
When a person has a stroke, the rehabilitation starts in the hospital in which they are admitted. The only alternative to this is if the stroke was not too severe. Then, it may start two to three days following the stroke.
There are many rehabilitation options. In most cases, the hospital will determine what is best for the survivor. Examples of stroke rehabilitation include inpatient care plans within a hospital, a care unit that is subacute, home return and outpatient therapy, long-term skilled nursing care, and even home therapy.
The goal is to ensure that the victim becomes independent. While numerous doctors and medical specialists are involved in rehabilitation therapy, a physical therapist is one of the most important members of the team.
The PT helps the survivor overcome issues in moving and in balance. The therapist will provide and help a patient with exercises that are designed to strengthen the muscles, improve flexibility, and optimize range of motion.
Our therapists at Back to Motion Physical Therapy have a tremendous amount of experience in working with stroke survivors and helping those survivors reach the highest level of recovery possible. For more information, give us a call at: 303-832-5577