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How Technology is Changing Stroke Rehabilitation

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Nov 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

A stroke is one of the most serious medical conditions that a person can experience. During a stroke, blood clots or constricted vessels in the brain prevent its nerve cells from getting the nutrients they need: as a result, these cells begin to die off. Having a stroke can cause symptoms like vision loss, difficulty talking or walking, trouble with the use of muscles, and other serious conditions. In the worst cases, it can even mean death.

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How Video Games are Being Used for Stroke Victims

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Oct 10, 2018 8:30:00 AM

A stroke is one of the most devastating things that can happen to someone: strokes can leave their victims mentally and physically weak, taking away some of the most basic functions that the human body provides. Fortunately for victims of strokes, technology is constantly making stroke rehabilitation easier and more effective. One of the newest trends in stroke rehabilitation is the use of video games to help stroke patients recover the full use of their limbs.

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Long Term Effects of Stroke: How Psychiatric Therapy Can Help

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Aug 29, 2018 8:30:00 AM

When someone has a stroke, it is common to think that the biggest ramifications will be physical and/or cognitive. And it is true that a stroke patient will have physical and cognitive effects to at least some degree, but one very common effect of stroke is depression. For that reason, it is imperative that stroke rehabilitation include treatment for the depression in addition to treating stroke's cognitive and physical effects.

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Understanding the Mental and Emotional Effects of Stroke

Posted by Chris Schmidt | May 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

For patients and their loved ones, the physical effects of stroke – paralysis, weakness, vision loss, and pain, among many other potential problems – are clear. However, the emotional and mental effects of stroke can be much more difficult to recognize, and they can be just as traumatic and limiting as physical problems – even more so in some cases. For that reason, understanding these changes and taking steps to address them is essential to making the most of stroke rehab and recovery.

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Benefits of Physio for Stroke Patients

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | May 9, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and it affects more than 800,000 people per year., according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After having a stroke, people have difficulty moving around, speaking or performing regular activities. While medication is helpful in treating the initial cause of the stroke –and sometimes the resulting complications –physiotherapy can be of long-term benefit. According to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, high intensity physiotherapy begun within 24 hours after a stroke can lead to better outcomes.

Here’s why this rapid mode of treatment is needed after a stroke and how it helps patients recover faster.

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Topics: Stroke Rehabilitation

What Stroke Therapies Are Available for Patients?

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Apr 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM

A stroke occurs when a blood clot in an artery breaks free, stopping the circulation to a specific region of the brain. During the event, not only is blood flow interrupted, but cells in the brain die as well. Strokes in the U.S. kill just over 130,000 people annually and often lead to long-term rehabilitation for those who survive. A stroke may occur at any time in a person’s life and is classified as either ischemic (the most common form) or hemorrhagic.

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The Importance of Post Stroke Rehab

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Apr 16, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Every year, more than 700,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke. Roughly, two-thirds of these people survive and need rehabilitation. Rehabilitation helps stroke survivors become more independent and improves their quality of life. While rehabilitation is not able to reverse the brain damage caused by the stroke, proper rehabilitation can significantly assist people in achieving the best long-term outcome possible.

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Life After a Stroke: Rehab, Recovery, and New Beginnings

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Feb 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

You've made it through a stroke and the initial crisis is over. Now it is time to begin the task of dealing with the aftermath – the physical and emotional effects of stroke. While recovering from stroke is a different experience for every stroke survivor, one thing that you can be sure of is that it will take time. The good news is that with effective stroke rehab therapy, as well as a great deal of determination, hard work and patience, you can take your life back from stroke, overcoming or adapting to the challenges it brings and moving on to a fulfilling future.

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What's the Role of Speech Therapy for Stroke Patients?

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Feb 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

One of the most common side effects after suffering a stroke is difficulty with speech. This can be very frustrating for the stroke victim and can make recovery all that much more difficult. Speech therapy is an essential part of stroke rehab, as it offers the patient the ability to recover the ability to communicate.

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How to Manage Stroke Risk Factors

Posted by Bobby Stephenson | Jan 24, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Stroke occurs when a vessel that supplies blood to the brain ruptures or becomes blocked, starving brain cells of oxygen and resulting in brain damage. It is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., as well as a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in adults, affecting about 795,000 Americans and killing 137,000 people – one every four minutes – every year. Given those stark statistics and the fact that stroke is preventable, knowing your personal risk factors for stroke is essential.

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Topics: Stroke Rehabilitation