Stroke Rehabilitation - Topic Overview
What kinds of problems can people have after a stroke?
The problems you have after a stroke depend on what part of your brain
was affected and how much damage the stroke caused. People who have had a
stroke often have:
- Problems with movement and sensation. You
may have pain, numbness, or tingling in your arms and legs; muscle stiffness or
spasms; weakness; and trouble with walking and moving. You may have problems
with your sense of touch or how well you feel hot and cold, trouble swallowing
and eating, and urinary or bowel problems.
- Problems with vision. You may have problems seeing in some or all of the normal areas of vision.
- Problems with not being aware of one side of your body. If you don't look to that side, you may
forget or ignore that side of your body.
- Problems with language
and thinking. You may not be able to understand written or spoken language,
read or write, or express your thoughts. You may also have problems with memory
- Emotional problems. A stroke can cause feelings of
fear, anxiety, anger, sadness, and grief, both for survivors of a stroke and
their loved ones.
Does a stroke cause permanent problems?
damages parts of the brain that control different things in the body, such as
speech and movement. But other parts of the brain can take over for the damaged
areas. Many people are able to get back most of the skills and abilities they
Some people do have permanent problems after a stroke. But
more than half of people who have a stroke regain their ability to take care of
How long does rehab take?
For most people, rehab
is a lifelong process. The road to recovery can be long and frustrating, so
keeping a positive outlook is key. Try everything you can to get better, and
get relief from pain if you need to. Your stroke rehab team is there to help in
as many ways as it can. A strong support network of family and friends is also
You may recover the most in the first few weeks or
months after your stroke. But you can keep getting better for years. It just
may happen more slowly. And it may take a long time and a lot of hard work.
Don't give up hope.