What to Expect from Stroke Rehabilitation

After stroke, neurological rehabilitation can help make you stronger and more independent.

When a stroke patient regains skills, both they and their caretakers benefit enormously. This May is National Stroke Awareness Month, so let's take a look at the neurological rehabilitation options for stroke patients at Denton Regional Medical Center.

What is post-stroke neurological rehabilitation?

The goal of any rehabilitation program is to help a person return to "normal life" after a trauma. Stroke patients often suffer brain damage that may reduce mobility, speech or other competencies. Neurological rehabilitation programs assist the patient in coping with these changes and thus enable them to regain a sense of independence.

What types of neurological rehabilitation services are available at Denton Regional Medical Center?

  • Occupational therapy aims to assist the patient in developing their ability to perform daily activities or compensate when they can't. Some examples of these activities include dressing and using tools.
  • Physical therapy aids in range of motion, coordination, balance and endurance for the patient to maintain health and muscle capacity.
  • Speech therapy is very common for stroke patients. Stroke often affects the language-processing brain centers, causing stroke sufferers to have difficulty converting thoughts into words or forming the words with their throats, tongues and lips. Speech therapy can help with swallowing as well.
  • Behavioral Medicine consists of neuropsychological evaluation and behavioral medicine counseling. The patient's ability level before brain injury is considered and both individual and group counseling are made available.
  • Cognitive therapy focuses on improving attention, memory and executive functioning. The aim is to improve ability for tasks such as: cooking, money management and safety awareness.

How can a patient benefit from neurological rehabilitation services at Denton Regional Medical Center?
Rehabilitation and recovery changes lives. Depending on the needs of the patient, Denton Regional Medical Center can provide the following for stroke patients:

  • 3-6 months of intensive therapy customized to individual needs. Patients receive between 4-6 hours of treatment while attending the program 3-4 days a week. The goal is to integrate patients back into the community at the highest possible level of functioning through aggressive treatment. 
  • An integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to stroke recovery and rehabilitation. At Denton Regional Medical Center, we create a recovery program designed specifically for the patient using a team approach across several therapeutic modalities.
  • One-on-one therapy sessions during 75% of patient rehabilitation. The rest of the time, patients find support and care during group sessions.
  • Weekly meetings where therapists, caregivers, patients and colleagues involved are all included in recovery updates, goals reached and new developments in the patient's care.
  • Aquatic therapy is available for many rehabilitating patients.

Neurological rehabilitation can change the life of a stroke survivor. At Denton Regional Medical Center, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation services offer diagnosis and state-of-the-art care as our experts tailor a program to help each patient. If you're looking for a doctor to speak with, call us for a physician referral at 1-855-477-DRMC.

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