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What Kind of Therapy Should I Consider After a Stroke?

Suffering a stroke can leave you with extreme difficulties. You may become dependent on a walker or wheelchair. It’s possible that you might even need assistance with everyday tasks like tying your shoes or brushing your teeth.

At Everest Urgent Care, our health care team has the knowledge and skills to help you face these challenges head-on. Our team of experts use in-depth holistic and effective treatment strategies so that you can return to your normal life as soon as possible.

With offices in Havertown and Darby, Pennsylvania, we tailor every treatment plan to address a wide range of functional limitations and impairments.

What to expect after a stroke

If your stroke is severe, you’ll probably spend time in the hospital. You may work with doctors for days or weeks from the intensive care unit to be able to stabilize your health and come up with a recovery plan. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, stroke victims are typically in the hospital for five to seven days.

Your long-term recovery plan depends on which areas of the brain and body were affected during the stroke. You might have trouble speaking, walking, or sleeping. Sometimes patients even experience depression and signs of impulsivity. Because of this, recovery plans at Everest Urgent Care may vary from occupational therapy to physical therapy and more.

What kinds of therapy to consider

Everyone requires and responds to rehabilitation therapies differently. Our comprehensive approach allows our highly trained team to identify which method best serves you.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is required if your motor skills or mobility has been affected by the stroke. Physical therapists are trained to help patients regain their balance and learn how to walk without assistance. Range-of-motion exercises can help relieve pain and discomfort. They also help mobility issues like reaching for or holding things.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a holistic approach to stroke recovery. Small needles are inserted into specific points of your body in order to provide pain relief and discomfort. This kind of therapy is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an effective all-natural method to treat mental and physical distress. Stroke patients discover back, neck, and joint pain relief with some Eastern-influenced rehabilitation methods like acupuncture. 

Massage therapy

Another popular and effective Eastern-influenced recovery process that treats stroke patients is massage therapy. This alternative technique helps to increase joint mobility and improve nerve function. A 2016 study even proves that reduced anxiety was the most significant benefit of massage treatment. This therapy is especially helpful for those who struggle to cope with life after a stroke.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapists assist patients in returning to their regular, independent lives. They help you with routine activities like cooking, dressing, and other personal self-care acts. Everest Urgent Care providers offer a broad range of occupational therapy techniques such as home exercise program plans, cognitive skill development, and community reintegration. 

Suffering from a stroke changes your life in many unexpected ways. The process of returning to normal might be slow, and each patient recovers in different ways. That’s why our providers approach each patient with compassion and develop unique treatment plans to help with a speedy recovery.

If you or a loved one is facing rehabilitation challenges after a stroke, call one of our offices for more advice. You can also send us a secure message.

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