After a stroke patient is stabilized, the focus of treatment immediately turns to recovery. A variety of rehabilitation services are usually required to help survivors overcome the effects of their strokes. At Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, patients can move from our Certified Primary Stroke Center directly into our inpatient rehab unit so that continuity of care is preserved. Here is a look at what you should expect after you or a loved one experiences a stroke and how rehabilitation can help with healing.
Assessing Stroke Damage
Researchers are constantly refining their understandings of how strokes affect the brain and how brain tissue heals afterwards. In the aftermath of a stroke, doctors will focus on assessing the type and extent of brain damage that has occurred. The symptoms experienced in the first days after a stroke do not always indicate permanent damage. In some cases, brain cells heal themselves, while in other cases, another region of the brain adapts to take over the tasks of a region damaged by the stroke. Doctors are unsure about why some people recover while others with similar damage require long-term care. Your doctors will develop a rehab plan designed to provide the best chances of rebuilding brain function.
Planning Post-Stroke Rehabilitation
Most stroke patients require a variety of different rehabilitation approaches, including physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational rehab. Stroke survivors often struggle with balance, mobility, memory, speech, and vision. It’s common for patients to need to re-learn basic activities, ranging from maintaining personal hygiene to reading and writing. Rehabilitation can be performed on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, depending on the severity of the symptoms. Many patients benefit from an initial period of inpatient rehab followed by outpatient care.
Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is here to support stroke survivors and their caregivers every step of the way during rehabilitation and recovery. We provide cutting-edge care for stroke patients from our emergency room to our rehabilitation unit. You can learn more about our stroke care and all of our services by calling (888) 685-1596. Your doctors will develop a rehab plan designed to provide the best chances of rebuilding brain function.