According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. Approximately 4 million Americans are living with the effects of stroke, in addition to the family and friends caring for these survivors whose own lives are personally affected.

The severity of stroke complications and the ability to recover normal functionality varies widely from patient to patient. Although a majority of abilities may be restored soon after a stroke, medical researchers have found that it is necessary to continue practicing these regained skills over time for optimal, long-term functional sustainability.

What’s involved in stroke rehabilitation?

Depending on the severity, types of functions impacted, as well as any related complications, there are numerous approaches and techniques to stroke rehabilitation.

  • Strengthening motor skills
  • Mobility training
  • Constraint-induced therapy
  • Range-of-motion therapy
  • Cognitive and speech training

How long does stroke rehabilitation last?

The length of each patient’s rehabilitation therapy program varies depending upon prognosis, severity of symptoms and responsiveness to the therapy. As the patient’s needs change, the program is designed to evolve throughout the recovery process as skills are relearned and performance improves.