Friday, April 19th, 2019
According to the American Stroke Association, strokes are the fifth most common cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. While some individuals do recover completely from a stroke, almost two-thirds are left with lingering physical deficits. The goal of physical and occupational therapy is to a
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Strokes are the leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when oxygen and nutrients are unable to reach the brain, because of either a blood clot or a ruptured artery. When brain cells are starved of oxygen, they die, and the function those cells provide is impacted. The effect of a stroke depends on many variables, including the location of the obstruction or rupture and how much brain tissue is damaged. Without proper and immediate medical treatment, a stroke may cause long-term disabilities. Most post-stroke therapy focuses on recovering function. For example, physical therapy works to improve mobility and balance, occupational therapy is designed to increase independence with tasks of daily living, and speech therapy treats speech, language and swallowing problems. However, stroke patients may also experience psychosocial problems, such as depression or anxiety. Art therapy has proven to be an effective solution.
Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Currently, there are more than 6 million stroke survivors in the United States. Unfortunately, approximately 80 percent of stroke survivors experience some type of motor deficit as a result of their stroke. These deficits often include diminished strength in the hands, which can make the basic tasks many of us may take for granted a challenge. This can result in everyday functions such as cutting food or getting dressed becoming exhausting and burdensome.
Monday, March 4th, 2019
Experiencing a stroke can have a huge impact on the human body. The side effects and complications of stroke are myriad, including weakness or paralysis, inability to speak, vision problems, and fatigue, among others. There is almost no part of the body that is completely immune to the effects of a stroke. One important body part often impacted by the degenerative neuromuscular effect of stroke is the foot, specifically the toes.
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
After a stroke, it’s common for survivors to experience weakness or paralysis on one side of the body, depending on which side of the brain incurred damage from the stroke. Right-sided weakness or paralysis is often caused by an injury to the left side of the brain, while left-sided weakness or paralysis is caused by an injury to the right side of the brain. A stroke on the left can also cause difficulty with language, reasoning, and logic, whereas survivors of right-sided strokes are more likely to suffer from poor attention span and impaired judgement.
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
As the more than 6 million stroke survivors in the United States know all too well, a stroke can change someone’s life in an instant. Strokes cause damage to the brain and may lead to a host of physical and cognitive impairments that can be difficult for survivors and their loved ones to cope with. A cerebellar stroke in particular is a rare type of stroke that may cause a loss of coordination, as well as other deficits that can contribute to a reduced overall quality of life. However, it is possible to restore smooth, coordinated motor functions with the right training regimen and proper guidance.
Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Currently, strokes are one of the leading causes of long-term disability around the globe. Millions of stroke survivors struggle with a range of after effects that impact not only their physical capabilities but, at times, their ability to communicate. It’s estimated that up to 40 percent of stroke survivors will experience aphasia, a disorder that impairs a patient’s ability to process language, impeding speech, reading, and writing. In some instances, these communication and speech impairments may be temporary and fade over time. However, for most patients, restoring or improving communication skills requires intensive rehabilitation. In the past, it was commonly believed that speech improvement was only possible during the first few weeks of recovery, however, it is now known that it is possible to improve speech months and possibly even years after a stroke. With an effective stroke treatment strategy and consistent practice, the brain can be retrained to compensate for communication deficits. In this post, we will discuss the different types of aphasia and also how to improve speech after a stroke.
Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
Navigating the stages of stroke recovery is a personal, individualized process. During this transition, stroke therapy and treatment programs should be fine-tuned to each person’s specific needs and lifestyle. Stroke treatment at home offers familiarity and comfort during a time of great stress. Home therapy can incorporate all the necessary exercises for rehabilitation while remaining flexible and adaptable to a survivor’s schedule, needs, and preferences.
Monday, February 11th, 2019
The stroke rehabilitation process throughout the first several months of stroke recovery can be intense, with dramatic inclines and declines in progress that can encourage and depress survivors. Weakness and paralysis are common effects of stroke and adjusting to the demands of recovery may require significant lifestyle changes.
Establishing and gaining momentum towards a stroke survivor’s goals is key to thwarting an often-frustrating phenomenon– the plateau phase. What does “plateau” mean? A plateau period is a state of little or no change following a period of activity or progress. During a plateau, it may feel as though the initial positive progress was the end of successful rehabilitation and that no further improvement is possible. But for many, a plateau period or plateau phase is quite common and even to be expected. Understanding this will help both survivors and caregivers avoid the derailment of recovery by losing hope, motivation, and persistence.
Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While some individuals may experience long-term motor deficits as a result of a stroke, it’s possible for stroke survivors to make a full recovery with immediate medical attention and an effective stroke rehabilitation program. A pontine cerebrovascular accident (also known as a pontine CVA or pontine stroke) is a type of ischemic stroke that affects the pons region of the brain stem. A pontine stroke can be particularly devastating and may lead to paralysis and the rare condition known as Locked-in Syndrome (LiS). Fortunately, it has been estimated that up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. In this post, we will discuss the underlying anatomy of the brain stem, pontine stroke risk factors, and how to prevent a stroke naturally.