There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding who can have a stroke, how old a person needs to be before they have one and the long-term effects of a stroke on a person’s life. The truth is that a person can have a stroke at any age. There are countless experiences of people who had strokes in their teens, early twenties, as well as many individuals who had later them in life.
In the United States and around the world, one of the leading causes of adult disabilities is stroke. It is estimated that well over 790,000 people each year have one in the United States. By its very definition, a stroke is something that no one is prepared for. It happens suddenly, and it can be a catastrophic occurrence.
When faced with the aftermath, stroke survivors and their families can find it a challenge to get back to living a normal life. However, with patience, perseverance and an enduring spirit, substantial recovery from a debilitating episode is possible. Early recovery and a strenuous routine of rehabilitation can help a stroke victim recover and improve some of their functions that were lost as a result of the occurrence.
The truth is there is a lot that is unknown about how the brain repairs itself or how the brain compensates for damage caused by a stroke. For some people, the damage to the brain cells is only temporary. Since the brain cells have not been killed off, they start to function again on their own with time.
In other instances, the brain is able to reroute or create a workaround to repair and reorganize the way it functions. In rare occasions, a region of the brain not associated with a specific skill takes over and replaces a damaged region of the brain. There are many stories of people who have had recoveries that cannot be explained.
The rehabilitation process needs to start in the hospital as quickly as possible after the stroke. Some patients are able to start the rehabilitation process just a couple of days after they had the episode. The key is a consistent rehabilitation program that continues even after the patient is released from the hospital.
The long-term goal of rehabilitation is to get the patient to the point where they can be as independent as their circumstances allow them to be. The goal is to get them to a point where they can live in a dignified way and to relearn some the basic skills that they may have been robbed of. Some of these basic skills include things like eating, dressing themselves, walking and taking a bath.
Even after they leave the hospital, a person is usually going to want to undergo therapies and treatments in order to ensure a high quality of living. The team at The NeuroMedical Institute in Panama City wants to help you in this process. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more.