Stroke Rehabilitation Unit

What is a stroke?

There are different kinds of strokes. Most are considered ischemic meaning that they are the result of a blockage that stops blood flow to the brain. This is caused due to a blood clot or due to the narrowing of the blood vessels. The other main type of stroke is haemorrhagic in which there is bleeding within or on the surface of the brain. For some people a stroke may be a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) which is also known as a mini-stroke because the symptoms go away within 24 hours.
The goal of stroke rehabilitation is to help the patient to re-learn the skills that were lost when a stroke occurred. Stroke rehabilitation can help to regain independence and improve quality of life.
The severity of stroke complications and each person’s ability to recover vary widely. Researchers have found that people who participate in a focused stroke rehabilitation program perform better than most people who don’t have stroke rehabilitation.

What's involved in stroke rehabilitation?

There are many approaches to stroke rehabilitation. The rehabilitation plan will depend on the part of the body or type of ability affected by the stroke.

When should stroke rehabilitation begin?

The sooner stroke rehabilitation begins, the more likely is for the patient to regain their abilities and skills.

How long does stroke rehabilitation last?

The duration of the stroke rehabilitation depends on the severity of the stroke and related complications. In some cases patients recover quickly, whereas in more severe cases of long-term stroke rehabilitation, treatment can last from months to years after the incident.
The stroke rehabilitation plan is changing during the recovery based on the progress of each individual. With ongoing practice, patients can continue to progress over time.

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