By Reliva Physiotherapy & Rehab, Physiotherapy
A stroke may often end up damaging part of the brain that regulates movement, so it may lead to paralysis or weakness on either side of the body. This can cause problems in performing routine activities such as moving from one place to another.
Once a stroke occurs, the brain is unable to regenerate cells that have been damaged. Physiotherapists play a key role in your healthcare team while you are in hospital and afterwards. The physiotherapist usually carries out a diagnosis of your needs and then designs your treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, for your rehabilitation.
1. They will work with the doctor and family to determine a care plan so that the recovery is not impaired.
2. They provide information about the correct postures that you need to maintain during sleeping and sitting.
3. They will work with you at first, by setting goals to improve your posture and balance.
4. They will assist you to perform exercises to strengthen affected body parts.
5. As your condition improves, set more demanding long-term goals, such as standing or walking, will be set. They will help you decide when you should walk without any external physical support and/or whether you require any supporting equipment.
6. They will advise you on various techniques which you can adapt to come to terms with a normal lifestyle again. The bottom line is to make you active and independent as much as possible. Once the iniial assessment is done, the physiotherapist will give you certain exercises to improve your mobility. Problems with maintaining body balance are the most common problems that you may experience once you have suffered a stroke.
So, the physiotherapist will focus on that area, keeping your condition in mind. Exercises will also help in improving your flexibility and stamina levels. Recovery after a stroke depends upon many factors including the severity of the stroke and the time it takes to receive medical care. The most rapid recovery occurs in the first 3 months after a stroke. Further recovery is possible with sustained physiotherapy but gains are usually slow and may take time. Positive attitude and patient co-operation go a long way in making physiotherapy treatment successful for stroke patient.