According to the CDC, nearly 795,000 people suffer from a stroke in the US each year. With such a high number of stroke patients, there are constant efforts to provide the best treatment possible to minimize the long term effects of a stroke.

A stroke can cause long-term disability and present challenges to mental health.  It’s imperative to understand the complexity of the effects of a stroke to best serve the needs  of the patient.

PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH

A sudden stroke can be an exhausting experience psychologically. The patient could be left feeling confused, resentful and depressed. It’s important to consider the mental health needs of the patient.

Depression and anxiety are two of the most commonly experienced emotions after a stroke. These feelings can manifest in lack of engagement with family or friends, inability to participate in activities, or general withdraw. If these sympotoms are not addressed promptly they can result in more complex longer lasting issues.

Although these feelings can subside on their own, return to normal functioning can be accelerated with counselling services.

COGNITIVE HEALTH

Along with psychological distress, strokes can cause difficulty in speech and memory.  Prompt intervention can mitigate the deficits related to cognitive functionning .

There are many ways to engage stroke patients in regaining their memory and spatial awareness after a stroke. Speech and language therapy sessions can assist individuals in improving their ability to go about daily functions with increase independence.

PHYSICAL HEALTH

Strokes can cause physical pain and weakness throughout the body.  Following a stroke, motor impairment makes it increasingly difficult for patients to perform daily functions such as walking, standing, or sitting upright.

Physical therapy is one of the primary treatment for stroke patients. The therapy is essential in helping patients regain the ability to walk, stand, lie down, and effectively switch from one of these functions to the other without a struggle. Incorporating physical therapy into a stroke patient’s daily routine is a critical step in helping them learn how to regain their motor skills with minimal risk.

A challenge for patients in need of physical therapy is being able to get to the clinic.  Mobile Physical Therapists (Mobile PT) seeks to remove this obstacle by coming to you and offering at-home physical therapy sessions.

We provide on-call physical therapy to patients in the comfort of their homes. If you are on the look-out for at-home physical therapy in Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido, contact us (760) 536-2377 to book an appointment or consultation today.