Stroke Treatment That Works

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With the advent of new technology and better understanding of the brain the face of stroke treatment is changing rapidly. However, some therapist and patients still remain in the dark. In the United States alone a person suffers a stroke every 45 seconds. Approximately 700,00 people every year suffer from a stroke. Out of this large number about 500,000 are first occurrences, while the remainder are repeat strokes. The disability resulting from stroke can vary greatly and really depends on the extent of damage and the area of the brain that has been affected.

There are two types of strokes that can happen: ischemic and hemorrhagic. Both result in the same reduction of blood flow and therefore oxygen to areas of the central nervous system resulting in damage to those areas. Ischemic relates to the fact that there is a blockage of blood flow caused by an obstruction of some sort like a blood clot. There are responsible for a vast majority of strokes accounting for 70-80% of strokes seen. The remainder of strokes are made up of hemorrhagic strokes which means that something has happened to the blood vessel wall causing a bleed of some sort. Regardless of the type of stroke the need for stroke treatment still remains.

The advancement of stroke treatment took leaps and bounds in the 1990’s, which was dubbed “the decade of the brain”. During this period scientists made startling discoveries related to stroke rehab and stroke recovery and they continue to do so. The most popular discovery that is re-writing the medical books is termed neuroplasticity. The term neuroplasticity flies in the face of the commonly held misconception that the adult brain is a fixed rigid structure incapable of change. This is a revelation for stroke treatment and final allows an understanding of the stroke recovery process that has been witnessed for so long.

This startling new concept of stroke treatment should have been embraced and swept through stroke rehab facilities. Yet, decades later we still see out dated and ineffective methods of stroke rehab being utilized. Obviously it does also take time for new changes to be implemented on a wide scale. After a stroke survivor has stabilized the stroke rehab and recovery process should be the main concern. Restoring some form of independence, mobility and function can go a very long way to helping change the life of a stroke survivor. The a proper understanding of the latest research a very comprehensive stroke treatment program can be constructed for a stroke survivor.

To maximize recovery and improve stroke rehabilitation a stroke treatment program should embrace the new science of brain recovery. With a better understanding of how the brain recovers and stroke rehab program can be put together that focuses on areas of the brain that need treatment the most. This may be a particular area of the brain or even a hemisphere of the brain that requires more specialist rehab and focus. This tailored approach addressing the stroke survivors needs will yield better and faster results than a conventional stroke treatment program.

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