Strokes can significantly impact a person’s ability to move and function normally. Physical therapy is an essential element to stroke recovery. This article discusses the importance of physical therapy for stroke patients. We are going to talk about some of the causes and symptoms of strokes, and how physical rehabilitation can be crucial to a stroke patient’s recovery.
Consequences of a Stroke
A stroke occurs when the supply of blood (and thus oxygen) to the brain is cut off. When this happens, the cells in the brain begin to die rapidly. Typically, strokes are caused by blocked arteries or a burst blood vessel. Here are some signs that may indicate a stroke:
- Difficulty understanding or speaking
- Loss of feeling in the face, arms, or legs
- Difficulty walking
- Blurred vision
Strokes can happen to anyone, but certain factors such as obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes, and heavy drinking can increase a person’s risk.
How Physical Therapy can Help
Depending on the patient and the severity of the stroke, certain emergency procedures may need to be performed as soon as possible after the stroke. These can include injections, surgical removal of a blood clot, or angioplasty procedures. Once emergency procedures are taken care of, the patient can move on to rehabilitation and recovery from the effects of the stroke. Many stroke patients experience partial paralysis in the face, arms, or legs. Physical therapy can be a huge help in returning function and range-of-motion to these affected areas.
OrthoRehab Specialists is composed of Minnesota physical therapists who have over twenty-five years of experience treating patients with all sorts of injuries and conditions (including stroke patients). We serve the Twin Cities metro area, as well as greater Minnesota. Contact our Edina and Minneapolis physical therapist today to schedule your appointment. We offer direct access to physical therapy at each of our locations, so you can set up your appointment without getting a prescription from your primary doctor.