Stroke rehabilitation (rehab) is training and therapy to help you relearn to do everyday things you have not been able to 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 you are able. You will have a team of doctors, nurses, and therapists to help you relearn daily activities. These can include 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 get better faster if you begin rehab soon after the stroke. But even with rehab, you may not be able to do all the things you could before the stroke.
You may recover the most in the first few weeks or months after your stroke. But you can keep getting better for years. It just may happen more slowly. And it may take a long time and a lot of hard work. Don't give up hope.
After the hospital, you may go to a different facility for a while. Or you may go home. Wherever you go, keep working on your rehab and do a little every day.
It's going to be important for you to get the support you need. Let your loved ones help you. Involve them in your treatment. Talk to others who have had a stroke, and find out how they handled ups and downs.
Your stroke rehab team may include doctors and nurses who specialize in stroke rehab, or other professionals. Each team member will help you in specific ways. The team may include:
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.
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Current as of: November 21, 2017
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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