What to Expect From Physical Therapy After Stroke

Physical therapy can make a stroke recovery go smoother and faster.

A stroke can be a life-changing event that leaves patients struggling to move certain body parts, walk around, or even swallow their food. These disabilities do not always remain permanent. In many cases, physical therapy can help the stroke patient reclaim some of their independence. Here's what you can expect from physical therapy sessions after a stroke.

  • Hope for impaired limbs – Stroke patients may be able to overcome paralysis under the care of a physical therapist. Sessions will aim to regain movement, and then help the body relearn how to use the affected body part safely.
  • Pain relief – If you are experiencing discomfort after a stroke, a physical therapist can help you work out these issues with your body.
  • Exercises that help the body build strength  – Temporary paralysis can result in muscle loss. One of the physical therapist's goals may be to rebuild muscles in these areas.
  • A long-term exercise plan – A physical therapist will teach his patients how to continue on with a healthy exercise routine independently, even after sessions have ended.
  • Education on how to live with a disability – If a stroke results in a permanent disability, physical therapy will help the patient learn to move around and go about daily life as smoothly as possible with this challenge.

You'll receive the highest quality of care after your stroke at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Learn more about our stroke care team at our website, or receive a physician referral when you call our free Consult-a-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119.

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