Stroke recovery time varies for each patient. Some people fully recover after a few months with little to no post-stroke symptoms. For others, recovery can be a long, winding road. These differences in recovery depend on any number of factors including age, health before the stroke, and stroke severity. The most important thing to remember: there is always hope after stroke.
Rehabilitation exercises begin immediately after a stroke has been treated. During this stage, the brain is in a heightened state of plasticity. New neural networks are rapidly formed to make up for the ones damaged by the stroke. Doctors want to take advantage of the brain’s hyperactive state, so they begin rehabilitation exercises even in the hospital bed.
By two weeks, it is estimated a patient will regain 50% of their original function. Depending on the stroke’s severity, patients may be discharged from the hospital or sent to an intensive care clinic. In both cases, the patient will continue regular, intense physical therapy. These exercises are designed to increase physical mobility.
The most rapid recovery has occurred. The temporary state of increased plasticity begins to slow down at this stage, so speedy recovery tends to slow down as well. Adding a steady variety of new rehabilitation exercises to your routine will aid in continuous recovery.
Sticking to ongoing rehabilitation exercises at home is key to successful recovery. Practice your physical therapy between outpatient rehabilitation sessions to boost recovery odds.
Walking may have significantly improved. Many stroke patients find that they have trouble walking or standing. At the six-month mark of recovery, most patients would have fully regained their ability to walk on their own.
Recovery is at its most variant stage. At this point, any given patient may fall anywhere on the recovery spectrum. For example, the recovery time for severe strokes can be expected to move a lot slower than acute strokes.
Every patient moves through the stages of recovery at their own pace, and there is no set recovery time for anybody. One of the most important things to remember during stroke recovery is that there is always hope. A patient with a positive attitude is more likely to make a full recovery than a patient with a negative one.
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