Rekha Kumari, a 45 year old Delhi-based banker, was having a hectic day at her office. After the first couple of meetings, she had a strange feeling in her left leg and saw black spots in front of her right eye. By evening, she was exhausted, could barely walk without support. When she reached home, her doctor made an emergency visit and diagnosed her with stroke.
After heart disease, stroke is the second most common cause of death globally. With around 1.8 million Indians suffering from stroke every year, it is also the most common cause of chronic adult disability. In many cases, the stroke causes damage to the brain region that controls movement and the patient experiences weakness or paralysis on one side of the body. He/she may also face problems with mobility and carrying out everyday activities.
In these cases, neuro-physiotherapy is an important part of the recovery process. It is a type of physiotherapy designed to treat problems that originate within the brain. A neuro-physiotherapist treats the changes caused by neurological health disorders like stroke. The main focus of physiotherapy after stroke is to help patients learn to use both sides of the body again and regain as much strength and mobility as possible.
How can neurological physiotherapy help stroke patients?
Physiotherapists often work with other health professionals like occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, doctors, nurses while treating stroke patients. For the patient’s quick recovery, neuro-physiotherapists very often provide treatments in the patient’s home. Following the patient’s discharge from hospital, home based physiotherapy can continue to support the rehabilitation process. Once the physiotherapist has developed a tailored treatment plan, they will use a combination of hands-on mobilisation and massage, guided exercise and other techniques, to help improve the range of motion, coordination and strength, so that the patient can return to regular life as soon as possible.
Depending on the patient’s needs, the physiotherapist:
- Helps set up the recovery plan to avoid any complications that might slow down the patient’s recovery
- Offers advice on how the patient should be positioned, when lying or sitting, and how often they need to be moved
- Decides when the patient should begin to get up out of bed and start walking and what equipment is needed to move or support him
- Helps patients relearn normal patterns of movement
- Offers therapy to strengthen the patient’s limbs
- Works together with the rehabilitation team, and the patient’s caregiver, family & friends to support the recovery in a coordinated way
- Teaches the patient some strengthening exercises. Cardio exercises to build up stamina and stretching exercises to prevent muscle and joint stiffness are also beneficial.
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