Overview

Rehabilitation After Stroke

Rehabilitation After Stroke

After a stroke, it’s important for your muscles to relearn the sensory and motor skills they’ve lost because the stroke has damaged parts of the brain. Rehabilitation can improve long-term outcomes for stroke survivors.

Physical therapy also helps stroke survivors relearn forgotten skills so survivors can become as independent as possible and achieve the best quality of life.

Our physical therapists specialize in treating disabilities for motor (muscle) and sensory disorders. They are trained in all areas of anatomy and physiology. They also specialize in helping patients move their muscles normally again after a stroke.

Treatment Plan

As part of your treatment plan, our physical therapists will assess your:

  • strength,
  • endurance,
  • range of motion,
  • gait abnormalities (to see if you walk normally or not),
  • and any sensory deficits (or problems).

Using the results of this evaluation, our specialists will design individualized rehabilitation programs so you can regain control over your motor functions (also called muscle movements).

Treatment can be different for each patient. Your specific treatment will depend on the results of your physical therapist's evaluation, and on how long it's been since you had your stroke.

How Long Will My Treatment Last?

For some stroke survivors, rehabilitation will be an ongoing process to make sure survivors maintain and improve the skills their muscles have forgotten. Depending on the stroke’s severity, some patients may work with specialists for months or years after the stroke.

Recovery After Stroke

Recovery from a stroke depends on the size and location of the stroke, how quickly you received care, and other health conditions you have. Your physical therapist will help you relearn functional skills that will allow you to return to daily activities you love.