Stroke

How Long Does Stroke Rehabilitation Last?

1. Can stroke be treated?

In stroke rehabilitation early intervention and the start of extensive physiotherapy in the early stage is very important.

Stroke is not a desperate illness. From the point stroke has happened there are many treatments that need to be done. In the treatment of stroke at the first stage medical treatments and/or interventional treatment, and later on, physiotherapy and rehabilitation methods that are supported by scientific proof are being used.

 

Patients that experienced a stroke can regain their lost movements, senses, and muscle strength. The recovery ratio in stroke; depends on the severity of the brain damage, first medical intervention, and the starting time of extensive physiotherapy. In Stroke (paralysis) treatment early intervention and start of the extensive physiotherapy at an early stage is very important.

 

In physiotherapy, brain plasticity is used. Plasticity, in short, is the brain’s ability to reconfigure the nerve connection. Healthy parts of the brain can take up the functions of the damaged parts of the brain via this mechanism. By this many lost functions can be regained in time.

2. How Long Does Stroke Treatment Last?

In stroke rehabilitation, the duration and accomplishment of the treatment; can differ in accordance with the severity of the stroke and the location it influenced. At light paralysis charts generally, fast recovery is observed and these patients show recovery in 3-6 months. But the recovery of precise hand movements can take much more time. In the severe paralysis charts, recovery ratio and duration can be variable.

The first 3-6 after the stroke are the most important times. Because at this period recovery capacity which is called plasticity of the brain is highest. Attending physiotherapy every day helps the brain take its recovery potential to the highest level. Therefore patients that experience stroke and develop paralysis should at once be evaluated by a physiotherapist and plan their neuro-rehabilitation process.

 

In the process of recovery of paralysis after the first 3-6 months, a decrease in the recovery speed and bluntness in the functions to some extent can be observed. This is called the plateau. The best way to overcome the plateau is to diversify the treatment practices. When the brain is subjected to new unfamiliar exercises it is stimulated functional recovery. The process of recovery goes on for up to 2 years.

Patients with paralysis and their loved ones should never leave the struggle for recovery. Don’t forget; recovery only stops when you stop!

Prof. Dr. Engin Çakar

Prof. Dr. Engin Çakar has more than 15 years of experience in the areas of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Algology and Electrodiagnostic Neurology.

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