Stroke Recovery & Rehabilitation
Patients can improve long term outcomes with rehabilitation activities after the onset of a stroke. At DMH, stroke patients are screened for rehabilitation treatment within 24 hours after admission.
Rehabilitation may consist of physical, occupational, and speech. Even though rehabilitation doesn’t “cure” stroke in that it does not reverse brain damage, rehabilitation can substantially help people achieve the best possible long-term outcome. Rehabilitation will help stroke survivors relearn skills that are lost when part of the brain is damaged.
Physical therapy will help you gain strength, balance, coordination, and promote muscle control. You will also work on core strength to facilitate independence in all aspects of your life. Our Stroke Therapy team members work to enhance their patients’ potential towards progress in returning to more independent living and mobility.
Occupational therapy focuses on your ability to perform activities of daily living independently as well as restore muscle control and strength.
Speech therapy provides the opportunity for you to work on your communication skills. As a result of a stroke, sometimes it is a struggle to find appropriate words when communicating thoughts and feelings. Speech therapy also may need to assess an individual’s safety with swallowing upon initial admission to the hospital.
A neuropsychologist is a physiologist who specializes in understanding the relationship between the physical brain and behavior. The brain is extremely complex, and disorders within the brain or nervous system can alter behavior and cognitive function. A neuropsychologist can help determine what impairments a patient may have and how severe they are. A stroke can affect behavior, thinking, memory, and other brain functions. Neuropsychologists help develop a treatment plan by understanding how the brain functions and how functioning relates to behavior.
If power wheelchairs, custom seating, or orthotic devices are needed, we can have specialists come to our clinic to assess you with your therapist for that needed equipment.