A stroke occurs due to disrupted blood supply to the brain. There are two types of strokes that commonly occur ischaemic (blockage of a blood vessel) or haemorrhagic (bleed from a blood vessel). Both will lead to damage to the nerves and cells within the brain. This damage then leads to the functional deficits that are seen in stroke survivors. Physiotherapy has an important role to play to improve these deficits and help the individual get back to living as independently as possible.
Clinical guidelines suggest that where practical patients should commence mobility exercise within 48 hours, therefore in the early stages physiotherapy intervention becomes crucial. A physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment of the patient’s level of motor and sensory function and use this assessment to guide rehabilitation requirements. Once rehabilitation is started it is also recommended to complete as much as practically achievable. The more that patients can undertake the better the overall recovery will be.
As part of this rehabilitation process it is recommended that specific goals are set. These goals should be made collaboratively and should involve the client, their family and other treating practitioners apart the health care team. This will help individually tailor rehab programs and keep everyone on the same page with treatment.
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