You have the greatest chance of regaining your abilities during the first few months after a stroke, so it is important to start rehab soon and do a little every day.
A team of professionals may include doctors, nurses, and rehabilitation therapists such as:
- Physical therapists to work on problems with movement, balance, and coordination
- Occupational therapists to help you practice eating, bathing, dressing, and writing, and other daily tasks
- Speech-language therapists to help you relearn language skills and also help if you have problems with swallowing
Some people do have permanent problems after a stroke, but more than half of people who have stroke regain their ability to take care of themselves.
The road to recovery can be long and frustrating. The professionals at Montrose Health Center are here to help.
Signs of a stroke develop suddenly and may include:
- Numbness, weakness, or inability to move the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Vision problems in one or both eyes, such as dimness, blurring, double vision, or loss of vision
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Severe headaches with no known cause
If you experience these signs, call 911 immediately!