Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Have you ever heard someone describe themselves as “right-brained” or “left-brained”? This concept is based on the brain having two hemispheres that perform different, specialized functions. Creative types have a dominant right brain, while analytical people favor the left. It is necessary to understand the functions of both hemispheres when assessing consequences of neurological damage. This knowledge helps anticipate problems that might occur and customize strategies for recovery.
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
Stroke survivors can experience tragic results after their attacks in the form of many different types of physical pain. Conditions such as paralysis, frailty, and changes in sensation are some of the most common ailments. It is normal for stroke survivors to feel weakness on one side of the body, which can lead to spasticity and excruciating pain in muscles and joints, particularly in the shoulders. Headaches and sore, swollen hands are also common after effects of a stroke, usually referred to as central post-stroke pain (CPSP).
Monday, March 6th, 2017
The NIH Stroke Scale (NIHSS) is a common diagnostic method for quickly assessing the severity of a stroke experienced by a patient. Unfortunately, family members of stroke patients can have a poor understanding of how it works, what the numbers mean, and what the individual components entail.
Thursday, February 9th, 2017
The more stroke risk factors you have, the more likely you are to suffer a stroke. Some risk factors are genetic, so they are out of your control; however, you can do something about others, like your diet and exercise. Because up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable, it is important to be aware of your risk factors, especially the ones you can control.
Sunday, January 15th, 2017
After a stroke is over, its survivor is not in the clear. A stroke leads to neurological damage that affects the motor system, making limbs weak and limiting movements. It can also affect sensory input to the brain, which can impair speech, vision, touch, and more.
Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Victims of a stroke, especially those with substantial brain damage, may see both their lives and those of their families change drastically post stroke. The sufferer has to adapt to life without certain capabilities and settle into a different way of living than what they were used to, which has social consequences.
However, improvements in brain activity through neurorehabilitation in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and the like, have proven promising in recovering these abilities. With successful neurorehabilitation, patients have hope to reclaim both their movement and their previous quality of life.
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
Stroke patients often face an unfortunate reality—80 percent of them will not regain full use of their arm and hand movements. Strokes are one of the most common causes of physical disability, and many stroke survivors suffer continued effects from impairment, like an inability to return to work and having limited independence. Early, intensive rehabilitation offers the best outcome, but only one-third of patients discharged after immediate medical treatment will continue the recommended therapy at home.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
As an occupational therapist, you play a vital role in helping stroke patients regain the ability to live as independently and confidently as possible. Recovering patients may suffer from a myriad of symptoms that can interfere with their daily lives.
From learning to use cooking and dining utensils again to bathing and dressing themselves, self-directed exercises and specialized tools help these patients take back control of their lives. To best assist your patients in these efforts, it is helpful to stock a rehabilitation workstation with as many pieces of specialized equipment, useful tools, and everyday items as possible.
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Occupational therapy is an essential step along the road to recovery after a stroke. Patients who lose the capacity to perform daily tasks, such as the ability to maintain balance, concentrate, retain information, and even reach for an object, require the expertise of an occupational therapist to relearn these basic movements. The goal of the therapist is to help patients improve sensory and motor abilities that have been damaged. This is accomplished through reprogramming parts of the patients’ brains and helping them regain muscle control.
Monday, October 24th, 2016
Those who have survived a stroke may experience neurological damage that leads to deficiencies in their sensory and motor systems, such as limited use in their hands and/or arms. This damage also affects the sensory communication to the brain and impairs the ability to touch, feel, or be aware of joint movement. The combination of motor and sensory impairments significantly impacts stroke patients’ capacity to perform daily activities.