Recovering from Stroke

Friday, May 16, 2014

Rehabilitation is probably one of the most important phases of recovery for many stroke survivors. Dr. Edward Hill talks about the long road back for stroke victims in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The effects of stroke may mean that you must change, relearn or redefine how you live. Stroke rehabilitation helps you return to independent living.

Rehabilitation doesnt reverse the effects of a stroke. Its goals are to build your strength, capability and confidence so you can continue your daily activities despite the effects of your stroke.

What you do in rehabilitation depends on what you need to become independent. You may work to improve your independence in many areas. These include:

Self-care skills such as feeding, grooming, bathing, toileting and dressing

Mobility skills such as transferring, walking or self-propelling a wheelchair

Communication skills in speech and language

Cognitive skills such as memory or problem solving, and

Social skills for interacting with other people

Rehabilitation will begin when your doctor determines that youre medically stable and able to benefit from it.

Under your doctors direction, rehabilitation specialists provide a treatment program specifically suited to your needs.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.