|Recovery is dependent on age, state of health, the type of Stroke and how quickly treatment was implemented. Most recovery takes place in the first few months as swelling decreases and there is re-absorption of blood clots or blood in the brain. Other parts of the brain can learn to take over some function of the damaged area and new pathways may develop (neuroplasticity). This recovery is much slower and may continue for years.|
|Rehabilitation helps to maximise independence and to improve physical, cognitive and emotional recovery after a Stroke. Therapies may include Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Work, and a Dietician.|
- Physiotherapists – help to improve and maintain the maximum level of physical function and independence.
- Occupational Therapists – Facilitate physical, cognitive and emotional recovery. Cognition includes memory, concentration and problem solving. They also encourage independence in Activities of Daily Living.
- Speech Therapists – Assist with treating communication and language problems. Assess and treat swallowing difficulties.
- Social Workers – Help to deal with practical, psycho-social, and emotional problems.
|Early intervention helps to give patients insight into realistic expectations for recovery and provides emotional support. Rehabilitation encourages maximum physical and cognitive function in everyday living, as well as promoting emotional and communication skills. Rehabilitation should ideally commence as soon as possible following the Stroke, once the patient is medically stable.|
Most recovery takes place within the first six months and after one year progresses more slowly. With prolonged therapy, it is possible for progress to be made over time.
Therapy is available through State Hospitals and Clinics, as well as private practitioners.