Stroke and neurological rehabilitation

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Updated: 4/11/2007 2:49 pm
Few people are prepared for such a sudden, and often catastrophic event like a stroke. When a stroke occurs, some brain cells may only be temporarily damaged, not killed, and may resume functioning. Some stroke survivors experience remarkable and unanticipated recoveries that can't be explained. Once a stroke takes place, only 10 percent of survivors recover almost completely, 25 percent recover with minor impairments, 40 percent experience moderate to severe impairments, 10 percent require care in a nursing home, and 15 percent die shortly after the stroke. The rehabilitation process begins in the hospital as soon as possible after the stroke takes place. Depending on the particular situation of an individual and the severity of the stroke, rehabilitation options can include a rehabilitation unit in the hospital, a subacute care unit, a rehabilitation hospital, home therapy, home with outpatient therapy, or a long-term care facility that provides therapy and skilled nursing care. A medical team consisting of physical and occupational therapists and a speech-language pathologist address each patient's individual needs. In most cases, stroke survivors and their families can find workable solutions to most difficult situations by approaching every problem with patience, ingenuity, perseverance, and creativity.

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