A stroke can cause lasting brain damage. People who survive a stroke need to relearn skills they lost because of the damage. Rehabilitation can help them relearn those skills.
The effects of a stroke depend on which area of the brain was damaged. The types of disabilities a stroke can cause include
- Paralysis or problems controlling movement
- Pain and other problems with the senses
- Problems using or understanding language
- Problems with thinking and memory
- Emotional disturbances
Stroke rehabilitation involves many kinds of health professionals. The goal is to help stroke survivors become as independent as possible and to have the best possible quality of life.
NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Stroke Rehabilitation (National Library of Medicine)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Critical Period After Stroke Study (CPASS): A phase II clinical trial...
- Article: Effectiveness of a support intervention for family caregivers and stroke survivors.
- Article: Effects of Different Intervention Time Points of Early Rehabilitation on Patients...
- Stroke Rehabilitation -- see more articles
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