Strokes are a leading cause of disability in adults in the US. This is because they can block blood flow and nerve signals from reaching specific areas of the body, causing partial paralysis.
The location of the obstruction and the damage to the brain will determine the areas of the body that are impacted.
Because both sides of our brain control opposite sides of the body, a stroke typically only affects one side of the body. The degree of disability a person experiences depends on the severity of the stroke.
Let’s take a closer look at how strokes affect the body and what can be done to promote recovery:
THE LEFT SIDE
When a stroke affects the brain’s left side, the right side of the patient’s body will be impacted.
The patient may experience:
- Memory Loss
- Behavioral Changes (people tend to become slow and overly cautious with their actions)
- Speech and Language Problems
THE RIGHT SIDE
When the stroke affects the right side of the brain, the patient may experience paralysis on their left side. A stroke on the right side causes the following health issues.
- Left Side Paralysis
- Blurred Vision
- Memory Loss
- Behavioral Changes (They tend to be more inquisitive after the stroke)
PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR STROKE PATIENTS
Strokes aren’t just devastating for the patient, but also for their families. Luckily, in many cases, it is possible for patients to fully recover after a stroke, provided they’re getting the right therapy.
Rehabilitation after strokes involves going to regular physical therapy. During these sessions, the patient slowly relearns basic motor skills that allow them to sit, stand, walk, lie down, and switch from one kind of movement to another. The physical therapist will take the patient through repetitive task training to help their muscles regain movement.
The sooner such patients start physical therapy, the faster their recovery is; for stroke patients, physical therapy can begin as early as 24 hours after the stroke.
Physical therapists rely on assistive equipment that eases movements for patients and speeds up recovery. These devices are incorporated into the sessions, so patients have support as they relearn to walk.
Patients may be asked to walk to enhance endurance and speed while the therapist uses tactile and verbal cues to correct the walking pattern. While leg coordination will certainly be of great importance so will the back and hips. In fact, the back and hips consist of many small muscles and these small muscles are great contributors to coordination and dynamic posture. Therefore, the therapist will use a variety of interventions to improve any weak, tight or inactive muscles throughout the whole body. Interventions that will help the muscles produce the necessary movements for a safe and effective recovery.
If you have a loved one in Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista San Marcos or Escondido who has suffered a stroke, get in touch with Mobile Physical Therapists. We provide physical therapy sessions at home for patients who are recovering from a stroke or other illnesses.
Call us today to find out more about our therapy services (760) 536-2377 or visit us at www.MobilePT.org