A stroke can have dire effects on the body and brain. According to the National Stroke Association, general recovery guidelines show:
Depending on which area of the brain is damaged and the severity of the attack, stroke can cause five types of disabilities, including:
The overall goal of stroke rehabilitation is to ensure the stroke survivor is as independent as possible, and it's highly likely that some form of rehabilitation will be needed following a stroke. Rehabilitation often begins a soon as a patient is stable, sometimes as soon as 24 hours after the stroke.
Stroke rehabilitation may involve physicians, mental health professionals as well as physical, occupational, recreational, speech-language and vocational therapists.
To learn more about stroke recovery and rehabilitation, visit Stroke.org or the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.