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Tips for Recovering from a Stroke

April 9, 2018

The process of recovering from a stroke can be a long one—but will prove to make a big different in your overall function and quality of life.

Be patient when it comes to neurological healing

Healing from a neurological injury, like a stroke, is a slow process that requires some much needed patience and dedication. The brain, in some cases, is able to create new neurological pathways that resume mental and physical functions post-stroke, although it is a very lengthy process. Sometimes patients need a year or even two years to reach the full amount of neurological recovery that may occur after a stroke.

Stroke prevention medications

Depending on the type of stroke one has had, patients are normally prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs that are called statins and drugs that reduce the risk of blood clotting. Blood pressure is another commonly prescribed medication as it is another common cause of stoke. Taking whichever stroke prevention medication you are prescribed based your needs will greatly reduce your chances of experiencing another stroke.

See a rehab specialist

Seeing a stroke rehabilitation specialist can help you adjust back to the life you are normally accustomed to living after having a stroke. They are skilled in the full spectrum of stroke-related issues and can partner with you to develop a rehabilitation plan that works for your needs and specific condition.

Address your physical and emotional needs

A physiatrist, a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, will be able to assist you with any pain, weakness or disability that has an impact on your independence. They may use things such as adaptive devices, injections, medications, therapeutic exercises and cognitive therapy to treat your condition.

Use assistive equipment

You may be in need of a walker, a brace, or any other kind of equipment that can help you out after a stroke. A specialist will provide you with the best and most useful equipment possible that is fit for your needs. As time goes on and your function and abilities begin to improve, less burdensome options will become available for you.

Exercise

Medicine physiatrists or physical therapists can help you develop an exercise program that is best for your personal stroke rehabilitation. This can reduce your risk of falling, boost your mood, increate your strength, as well as reduce the risk of other medical problems.

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