Stroke Rehabilitation



What is stroke?

A Stroke occurs when blood cannot access an area of brain.

This could be because of a blood clot or because of a broken blood vessel.

Signs and symptoms

Weakness of the face, arm and leg on one side of the body with decreased sensation , changes in vision, and decreased cognitive function.

Decreased coordination ,Double vision, dizziness.

Sudden severe headache, Loss of consciousness, Nausea and vomiting.

What are the Causes?

·         High Blood Pressure

·         High Cholesterol

·         Smoking

·         Physical Inactivity

·         Arrhythmia

Stroke and Aphasia

Not all stroke patients will experience Aphasia, but it is estimated that as many as 40 % of stroke survivors have some form of aphasia.

What is Aphasia?

If the stroke happens in an area of the brain that controls Speech/communication, This can cause Aphasia.

Aphasia is defined as a Speech/Language Impairment.

This can affect Speech, writing, reading, and general communication.

Role Of Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

SLP are able to assess, diagnose, and treat disorders concerning Speech, Language, Voice, Swallowing ability and other issues.

SLP are important members of the patient care team.


Role Of Physiotherapy

After Stroke there are several layers of intervention.

Goals of physiotherapy involves

1.       Acute care

Prevention of recurrent events, mobilizations and screening.

2.       Rehab care

Setting rehab goals

Manage motor deficits.

Prevent and treat complications.

Treatment for Stroke

Improve motor control

Learning Theory Approach

Functional Electrical Stimulation

Limb Physiotherapy

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