Nearly three-quarters of a million Americans suffer from stroke each year, with two-thirds of those individuals surviving and requiring extensive rehabilitation or therapy after their stroke. While victims of a mild stroke may be able to quickly return to their normal day-to-day life, it’s much more likely that survivors will require extensive therapy that lasts years — or the remainder of their life. Mayo Clinic researchers have found that individuals who are able to participate in ongoing treatment are more likely to show improvement than those who do not have access to this type of rehabilitation. Here are a few of the treatments offered for life after a stroke.
Physical Therapy to Aid Motor Control
Since stroke affects a portion of the brain, it’s common to have partial or total paralysis or loss of muscle control after a stroke. Physical therapy is often used to help patients re-learn how to use their muscles, as the repetitive motions of physical therapy can rebuild muscle memory.
Regaining Communication Skills with Speech Therapy
Imagine being caught inside a body that has lost the power of speech — this can be devastating for many stroke victims. Taking the steps to regain core communication skills is often one of the first solutions for life after a stroke, as this can help caregivers and loved ones better understand the needs of their patients.
Improving Movement and Self-Care with Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapists help survivors regain their everyday independence, by teaching them new strategies to deal with physical or mental difficulties. These individuals may help decode complex tasks or help stroke victims and their families provide a safe environment by noting security issues or adding environmental aids.
Finding the right treatment professionals can help you improve the quality of life for your loved one. At Santé, we provide a range of services including speech therapy, occupational therapy, home health care, physical therapy, massage and more. Our trained and certified professionals will work with your family and doctors to define the ideal course of action during rehab or throughout palliative care. Contact us today at 480-563-2402 for more information or to schedule a visit to one of our four area facilities.