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Stroke Rehabilitation
(NR020)

Introduction


Rehabilitation involves regaining optimal health and functional ability following an illness or injury. While a number of definitions exist, the common goal is the restoration of as much independence and "normality" as possible. This requires a team of skilled rehabilitation professionals to help the individual regain function in the variety of daily activities.

Strategies for stroke rehabilitation should be started as soon as possible, preferably in the acute setting and then continued in a rehab setting or at home, as appropriate. Physical therapy is focused on regaining gross motor deficits (transferring, walking, stairs, etc.). Occupational therapy focuses on fine motor functions and focal deficits such as visual deficits, brain functions such as mathematical calculations, and daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and kitchen activities. Speech therapy targets assessment and recovery of two important functions: speech functions (such as linguistics and articulation) and swallowing ability.

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