In many cases, the results of a stroke are chronic conditions that may change over time. Rehabilitation providers, including physical, occupational and speech therapists, can teach the patient how to improve flexibility, strength, balance and endurance. These therapists can also improve patients’ ability to walk, communicate and manage day-to-day life as their needs change over time. Rehab is not only beneficial for the acute phase of recovery immediately following the stroke, but it also helps as the patient and family adjust to any long-term effects a stroke may have.
Physical therapy for stroke survivors
Physical therapists can provide a balance evaluation and training to reduce the risk of falls, a gait evaluation and training to improve a patient’s ability to walk safely both indoors and outdoors. They can also put together a customized physical activity program to maximize a patient’s strength and general ability to function.