Stroke 5

Friday, April 15, 2011

Advances in treatment mean more people than ever are surviving strokes. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill tells us about the process of recovery.

Dr. Hill:

Rehabilitation doesnt reverse the brain cell damage caused by a stroke. But rehab can help build patients strength and confidence so they can continue daily activities.

Doctors long believed different functions were hard-wired to different parts of the brain. We thought if brain cells were destroyed, the function assigned those cells was lost forever. But discoveries have shown the adult brain is far more flexible than that. We now believe that the brain continually adapts and reorganizes itself in the face of new circumstances.

Intensive therapy enhances the brains own recovery efforts. A typical program may involve re-learning basic skills such as feeding and dressing, as well as mobility skills like walking or propelling a wheelchair.

A stroke often affects speech and language skills, so they must be re-learned. Therapists also work with patients on cognitive skills, such as memory or problem solving.

Dont let a stroke leave you incapacitated. Rebuild your brain function after a stroke with aggressive rehabilitation.

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