Recovering from a stroke can be a long and challenging process. It requires patience, persistence, and dedication. In collaboration with a team of medical specialists, stroke patients receive individualized treatments. Strokes can cause a wide variety of issues, but there are also a wide variety of treatments and facilities available.
Working Toward Recovery
Very little is known about how our brains respond to the damage caused by strokes. Because of that, the recovery process is somewhat unpredictable. In some instances recovery can be complete and patients can quickly return to leading an independent life.
Unfortunately, there are cases where brain functionality is never fully restored. Regardless of the outcome, it is important to take steps in the wake of a stroke and make a strong attempt for the most complete recovery possible.
To ensure the patient’s safety, treatment should only occur once they have been stabilized. Once this happens the process of stroke rehabilitation should begin as quickly as possible. Some patients can even start as soon as two days after they experience a stroke.
The damage caused by the stroke determines where and how a patient’s rehabilitation begins. Treatments can occur in settings ranging from the patient’s home to a long-term care facility. Helping a patient become independent is the goal of treatment and finding the setting where they will recover best is important to making this happen.
First Steps Toward Recovery
After a stroke, basic functions can be impaired following a healthy recovery. Patients can lose the ability to perform everyday tasks. Skills such as walking and eating are often lost and patients will need to practice them until they are once again mastered.
Because the recovery process can be so challenging, it’s important that the patient is supported by a qualified medical staff. This staff includes professionals across a variety of fields. Neurologists, physical therapists, and dieticians are just a few of the people who help treat stroke patients.
Beyond the value of their professional expertise, caretakers working with stroke victims can facilitate recovery by being uplifting and motivational. Stroke survivors can struggle to complete basic tasks. Having the emotional support of specialists as they work towards learning these tasks can help drastically improve the patient’s recovery experience.
Learn More About Stroke Prevention
Stroke affects thousands of people across this country. Make sure to take a moment during Stroke Awareness Month and talk to your doctor about what you can do to help lower your risk for stroke. Give us a call at 888-428-8895 or contact us online to talk to set up an appointment with a Westshore physician at one of our Cleveland locations.
Dr. Charles H. Duncan, M.D.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.