The Role of Physical Therapy During Stroke Recovery

Physical therapy is often an important component of stroke recovery.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, more than 700,000 people in this country suffer from a stroke each year. While the majority of stroke victims survive, they often require physical therapy to relearn everyday skills or regain mobility. Recovering from a stroke can be an arduous process. Each survivor has a unique set of side effects and challenges resulting from the type of damage done to the brain. A physical therapist, trained to understand the body’s musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and integumentary systems, can work with a stroke victim to help him or her accomplish the following goals:

  • Restore mobility. Physical therapy plays a very significant role in strengthening muscles and regaining the ability to walk, balance and coordinate movements.
  • Relearn everyday skills. It’s not uncommon for stroke victims to experience difficulty dressing, eating and performing other everyday tasks. By increasing the ability to coordinate movements, physical therapy is an effective means of starting to relearn how to do these and other daily tasks.
  • Regain independence. By helping to restore the ability to move and function, physical therapy often boosts a stroke victim’s emotional state and increases his or her level of independence.
  • Improve quality of life. Because physical therapy can help with physical and emotional health, the patient's quality of life will be affected and potentially improved for many years to come.

Did you know that Medical Center of Arlington was the first in the county to offer a stroke center? Learn more about the services we offer stroke patients here. To find out more about physical therapy and stroke recovery, visit us here. Call 1-855-868-6262 for a physician referral.

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