What Is a Stroke?
A stroke occurs when poor blood flow to the brain leads to damaged brain
tissue, disrupting normal brain functions.
There are two types of stroke:
Ischemic stroke occurs when vascular impediments block the flow of blood to the brain.
Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a vascular hemorrhage causes bleeding into the brain or space
between the brain’s membranes.
Various conditions can lead to blood flow obstruction or bleeding that
results in a stroke. As a result, strokes will occur without warning.
However, certain conditions are considered major risk factors for stroke,
including obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Symptoms & Side Effects of Stroke
When disrupted blood flow causes brain cell death, it can result in impaired
neurological functions that can be observed soon after a stroke occurs.
Typically, signs that signal the onset of a stroke include:
- Inability to produce or comprehend language;
- Weakness or paralysis on one side of the body;
- Losing vision in one eye; and
- Loss of consciousness.
Symptoms of a stroke can be temporary, allowing for virtually a full recovery
of normal functions. A severe enough stroke can lead to permanent symptoms
and even death if untreated. That is why it is important to get the stroke
victim to a hospital immediately.
Stroke Rehabilitation Therapy
Physical therapy is a fundamental aspect of stroke rehabilitation, along
with occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology. The goal of
physical therapy in stroke rehabilitation focuses on restoring range of
motion and strength. Depending on the severity of s stroke, patients may
initially have to rely on assistive equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers,
canes and ankle foot orthoses.
Treatment Techniques. Patients will perform strength and flexibility exercises, and relearn tasks
related to activities of daily living, such as bed mobility, transferring,
walking, and eating. Physical therapists can also work with patients to
improve use and awareness of muscles on the side of the body weakened
from the stroke. Constraint-induced movement therapy helps patients recover
and improve motor learning.
Restoring Functions. Physical therapy also plays a major role in
improving gait and balance issues. Doctors will help patients maintain energy levels, reduce the occurrence
of falls, and ultimately promote the patient’s ability to independently
To restore walking ability, physical therapists will guide patients through
muscle strengthening exercises and repetitive motor patterns. These exercises
focus on ambulatory movement to encourage striking the heel onto the floor
when walking (gait training). The primary focus of gait training is restoring
range of movement in the back, quadriceps, and hamstrings.
Our Monmouth County Physical Therapists Are Ready to Help
Recovering from a stroke takes patience and dedication, guided by expert
supervision from a trained physical therapist. At ProFysio Physical Therapy,
our licensed physiotherapists in Aberdeen provide individualized attention
and care, using state-of-the art techniques and technology to address
stroke symptoms. Additionally, our facility has plenty of parking and
offers convenient scheduling with appointment opportunities available
within 48 hours of calling. By providing the best patient experience possible,
we can help the patient maximize their recovery from a stroke.
contact us online, or call at (732) 333-6360 to schedule a free consultation with our physical
therapists in Aberdeen.