According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), 700,000 Americans suffer from strokes each year. Although strokes range in severity, around two-thirds of people survive and require extensive rehabilitation.
The Effects of a Stroke
Strokes damage the brain, so rehabilitation requires re-teaching the body the skills that were operated by the part of the brain that experienced trauma. Rehab also teaches patients how to work their way around any remaining disabilities. The most important part of the rehabilitation process is repetition. An article by the NINDS explains,
“Rehabilitative therapy begins in the acute-care hospital after the person’s overall condition has been stabilized, often within 24 to 48 hours after the stroke. The first steps involve promoting independent movement because many individuals are paralyzed or seriously weakened.”
At that stage, that looks like the patient changing positions and doing active or passive range of motion exercises. Rehabilitation nurses and specialists work with patients to regain their abilities to function as an individual — learning to sit up, stand, walk, use the restroom, bathe, dress themselves, and so forth.
All of these things take time and care. That is why finding a good rehabilitation center is essential. For those in Pennsylvania, Fox Subacute helps patients recover from strokes in locations in Plymouth Meeting, Warrington, and Mechanicsburg. Our staff cares for our patients like they were our own loved ones— with the most attention and sensitivity. We want to see your loved one regain as much of their day-to-day skills as possible so they can return to their normal lives. For more information about stroke rehabilitation, contact us at Fox Subacute today.