Thursday, March 8, 2012

Life after a stroke

The harder you work during rehabilitation, the better your chances of significant recovery after a stroke.
THERE are many questions that come to the minds of stroke victims and their caregivers. Some people view a stroke negatively, whilst others take up the challenge of recovery and restoration of function as much as is possible.
Importantly, the stroke victim’s attitude has a substantial influence on recovery.
The care of stroke patients requires a multidisciplinary approach. The ideal is for all stroke patients to be managed in a stroke unit, which is a dedicated unit in the hospital that only manages strokes. Such a unit would be staffed by neurologists, geriatricians, general physicians with an interest in stroke, trained nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. It would also include neurosurgeons, social workers and dietitians.
The extent of recovery of motor functions is often influenced by the extent of compliance with the rehabilitation plan.

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