A stroke can be debilitating. Even if it is a minor stroke, you could suffer significant physical or mental damage that impacts your health and quality of life. When you’ve faced this type of experience, it can be hard to get back on track, especially if you need help,
Know the Signs of a Stroke
A minor stroke, such as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), doesn’t create significant damage. Most often, a person with this type of stroke may experience temporary signs of a stroke. They may last for a few minutes. Then, within a matter of minutes, they may have full recovery of any deficit seen during the stroke. Most often, a ministroke is a warning sign that a larger and more damaging stroke may occur.
Knowing the warning signs of a stroke is essential. Some of the most common signs of a stroke include:
- Sudden onset of numbness or weakness, especially on just one side of the body
- Inability to speak or understand others
- Dizziness and loss of balance
- Vision problems
- Drooping of the face
If you are having any of these signs, call 911 immediately. Even if it is a minor stroke, getting help immediately can minimize long-term damage and the onset of a more severe stroke.
Recovering from a Stroke with Us
If you have permanent damage or significant damage from a stroke, it is possible to regain some or all of those losses back again with proper care. The amount of damage done and the ability to treat it depends on many factors. However, the right therapy can play a significant role.
The goal of rehab is to rebuild the communication between the brain and the areas of the body impacted. It is also essential to encourage healthy, oxygen-rich blood flow to the damaged area of the brain. To do this, we use physical therapy. Most people need several types of treatment. For instance, we may recommend occupational therapy to help your body relearn how to perform small motor movements. Alternatively, we may offer physical therapy to help you relearn how to walk and climb stairs. A stroke can also impact a person’s ability to communicate, making speech therapy necessary for some individuals.