A stroke is a brain injury caused by an interruption in blood flow. Sometimes called a “brain attack”, a stroke or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood supply to the brain as in an ischemic stroke or when a blood vessel bursts – as in a hemorrhagic stroke. Brain tissue deprived of oxygen and nutrients from blood can die within minutes.

  • Every 45 seconds someone in America has a stroke

  • The country’s highest death rates due to stroke are in the southeastern United States

  • In one second, 32,000 brain cells die – in 59 seconds more, an ischemic stroke will have killed 1.9 million brain cells

Physical Therapy’s role in treating the stroke patient is related to addressing motor and sensory impairments with an emphasis on purposeful movement. Physical Therapy will help restore physical function and skills associated with mobility, safety, balance, and range of motion.

Occupational Therapy will assist the patient in regaining skills otherwise known as ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) including, dressing, bathing, self-feeding, grooming/hygiene tasks and reorientation to a home-like environment. Education and training in compensatory strategies is crucial since many stroke patients have motor deficits that may be permanent.

Speech Therapy will address deficits in communication, swallowing, and cognition while utilizing compensatory strategies. Speech-Language Pathologists work with patients who have aphasia to relearn how to use language or develop alternative means of communication if needed.

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