Recovering From Stroke
North American Precis Syndicate
Access to intense, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, doctors say, is crucial for helping stroke survivors regain their independence. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability—in
fact, it's even more disabling than it is fatal. The period following a
stroke can be difficult for patients and their loved ones, as they grapple with
the uncertainties of recovery.
For example, Sabrina Warren-White was a busy professional when a stroke in
left her unable to speak or use her right side. She quickly began a rigorous
rehabilitation program and can now speak, walk and use her right arm.
Once acute medical issues are resolved, focusing on rehabilitation is
paramount to helping people build their strength, capabilities and
confidence, said Dr. Larry B. Goldstein, the Ruth L. Works Professor and
Chairman for the Department of Neurology and Co-director for the Kentucky
Neuroscience Institute and KY Clinic at the University of Kentucky.
"Most patients will recover to some degree, but a coordinated,
multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation is crucial because it has been
shown to result in better outcomes for patients," Dr. Goldstein added.
Access to coordinated and intense therapies after a stroke is important
because the greatest amount of recovery tends to occur in the first 30 days,
Dr. Goldstein said.
"Intensity of rehabilitation therapy matters," he pointed out.
"Patients need access to good rehabilitation services and should
continue to work at it, even after that initial recovery period."
Where To Turn
To help, the American Stroke Association's Together to End Stroke initiative,
nationally sponsored by Kindred Rehabilitation Services, raises awareness
that stroke is largely beatable through high-quality rehabilitation, patient
support, and implementation of Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery Guidelines.
Patients and caregivers can access more information about recovery and how
to make informed decisions at www.StrokeAssociation.org/recovery.
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