Stroke rehabilitation (rehab) is training and therapy to help you learn to do everyday things you can no longer do since your stroke. The focus will depend on how the stroke has affected your ability to do the things you want and need to do.
Rehab begins in the hospital. It starts as soon as possible after the stroke. You will have a team of doctors, nurses, and therapists to help you relearn daily activities, such as eating, bathing, and dressing. You also may need help to learn how to walk or talk again. If the stroke damaged your memory, you will learn ways to improve it.
You will recover faster if you begin rehab soon after the stroke and do a little every day. Most rehab programs offer at least 3 hours of therapy a day, 5 or 6 days a week. But even with rehab, you may not be able to do all the things you could before the stroke.
You will need medicines to prevent another stroke. Your doctor may prescribe other medicines to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol. You may also be given medicines to help manage pain, sleep problems, or depression.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
June 4, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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