Physical Therapy for Stroke Rehabilitation

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Although women and African Americans are at a higher risk, a stroke can happen to anyone at anytime and is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Recovery from a stroke depends on a many things including the location and size of the stroke, and how quickly you receive care.

Physical therapy plays a key role in stroke rehabilitation. Because every stroke is unique it is imperative that you receive a thorough and complete evaluation. This allows your physical therapist to create a customized plan that will help to minimize your recovery time and pain, help to prevent problems that may occur after a stroke, and allow you to achieve the highest quality of life possible.

Physical therapy stroke rehabilitation will vary depending on your evaluation, but typically includes a training program that helps you to accomplish everyday tasks through a combination of well established and cutting edge treatments. At Mid America Rehab, we utilize many innovative programs including biofeedback to help control muscle movement, motor imagery and mental practice to strengthen your arms, hands, legs and feet, and functional electrical stimulation used to help move muscles and make them more usable.

As your stroke rehabilitation progresses and you recover, your needs and your training program will change also. Even after physical therapy is complete, you will be given an exercise program and information that will help to prevent further problems and promote a healthy lifestyle.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of a stroke for you or a loved one. Although some risk factors for a stroke cannot be changed, there are many things you can do to help prevent one from happening to you through lifestyle changes such as regular exercise. Learn more about your risk for a stroke and what you can do to prevent it by visiting www.strokeassociation.org. If you or a loved one have suffered from a stroke please contact Mid America Rehab for more information about how we can help you heal.