Stroke or CVA is an alarming condition now a days…Although previously stroke was a old age condition but now stroke has been considered to occur at a much younger age too which is called as young stroke.
The common causes of stroke are-
Obesity,heavy smoking,heavy alcoholic,high blood pressure,any heart diseases and much more.
Stroke causes either the blood to accumulate inside the closed cavity of skull(haemorrhagic stroke) or occlusion of vessels causing less blood to reach certain area of brain(ischemic stroke).Because of this ,certain amount of brain cells die which cannot be regenerated and causes severe physical problem called the Spasticity or tightness in one side of the body(hemiplegia).
Sometimes along with hemiplegia also we can see that one half of the face is affected and speech is lost or ununderstandable.
To release this spasticity along with medicinal treatment,rehabilitation is needed.
Rehabilitation for stroke includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy,speech therapy and vocational counseling.
As I am a physiotherapist,I would like share few words how physiotherapy can help in making the patient mobile.
Physiotherapy exercises are needed to decrease the spasticity because voluntary actions are not possible with spasticity.Along with that finer movements of the hand is encouraged with activities which also can be done in home.
Postural correction is needed to correct the gait or walking pattern.
Gym ball can be used for encouraging movement.
Hydrotherapy can be a choice of treatment for stroke.
Have a good health