What is a stroke?
Stroke is a neurological condition that affects an individual and their family physically, psychologically, economically, and socially. Stroke affects individuals differently, depending on the type of stroke and the location of the stroke in the brain.
A stroke is a brain attack that occurs when the blood supply is blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. As a result, there is insufficient oxygen in the brain, which results in brain cell damage.
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
- Unexplained headache
- Difficulty speaking and understanding speech
- Issues with one or both eyes
- Numbness and weakness of leg, arm, or face, particularly on one side of the body
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Mobility issues
What are the effects of stroke?
- Weakness on one side or partial or complete paralysis of one side
- Partial or complete loss of sensation and/or motor function to one side of the body
- Mobility issues
- Movement disorder
- Coordination issues
- Balance issues
- Weak facial muscles
- Swallowing difficulties
- Difficulties with speech and language
- Behavioral changes
- Mood changes
- Cognitive issues
- Bladder and bowel issues
- Difficulties with activities of daily living
- Loss of independence
- Reduced quality of life
These are the most common effects of stroke, but they can vary greatly between individuals.
Physiotherapy for Stroke
At K7 physiotherapy we perform a holistic assessment. We discuss the outcome and agree on an individual’s goal. Then we work towards the individual’s goal. Our main aim is to improve the quality of life and increase the level of independence. Our physiotherapy treatment revolves around:
- gaining normal pattern of movement
- increasing joint range of motion
- increasing muscle power and muscle strength
- preventing muscle shortening
- improving bed mobility
- improving transfer and mobility
- improving safety
- promoting activities of daily living
- promoting independence
- improving quality of life
- advising on positioning
Following six months of treatment, patients are typically told they have plateaued in their rehabilitation, or there is no carry-over. However, our experience dictates that there is always room for improvement – that small improvement can play a major role in an individual’s quality of life. On occasion, major changes are witnessed.