After a stay in hospital, you or your loved one may need to undergo short-term stroke rehabilitation therapy. This usually helps many people to return to normal activities.
Fairview in Forest Hills, NY, is used to helping stroke patients. We provide a range of therapies for those recovering from a stroke, including physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapies. Naturally, our friendly staff also offer top quality nursing care for people with a stroke.
Our therapists provide education to prevent complications, and ensure a speedy recovery and safe transition to home.
How can stroke rehabilitation help?
Rehabilitation is one of the most important modes of recovery for stroke survivors. It won’t reverse the effects of a stroke, but it will help you improve your physical and emotional well-being. It will help you regain your strength, confidence and independence.
Strokes are a common cause of death and debilitation, but stroke rehabilitation is improving. This is thanks to our better understanding of what a stroke is, as well as stroke treatment advances. If we know what a stroke is, we can better understand it, prevent it and treat it.
There are two main types of stroke: an ischemic stroke anda hemorrhagic stroke. The former occurs when blood flow to the brain is restricted, usually by a clot. A hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel rupture occurs within the brain.
Ischemic strokes are much more common and the survival rate is quite high. However, your chances of recovery are much higher if you can recognize the symptoms and see a specialist straight away.
Symptoms usually include facial droop and weakness in the arms. You may also feel disorientated, dizzy, or have a severe headache. So if you or a loved one has these symptoms, call the emergency services.
It may be that you, or a loved one, has had a transient ischemic attack. This is when blood flow to part of the brain stops for a short time. Symptoms in this case can mimic a stroke, but they usually disappear within 24 hours. This underscores the need for immediate medical advice from a specialist.
Strokes can happen to anyone, but two-thirds of stroke victims are over 65, so age is a significant risk factor.
Other common risk factors are high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels, and diabetes. Alcohol, smoking, drug use and eating lots of processed red meat are some of the more obvious things to avoid. Doctors and therapists take all these factors into account when devising stroke treatment plans.