A stroke will change a patient’s life in some way, but with skilled physicians and helpful stroke therapy services, it doesn’t have to be devastating. Many stroke patients continue to live happy, productive lives once they learn how to manage and control the effects of the stroke. A patient’s quality of life can be improved … one step at a time.
Basic Facts about Strokes
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. A misconception is that, because they occur suddenly, there’s little you can do to prevent them.
But here’s a statistic that may change your beliefs: four out of five strokes can be prevented.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is suddenly blocked or bursts. As a result, the brain does not get the appropriate amount of oxygen, and brain cells die.
They most often are due to clots within a blood vessel, clots that break off from another part of the body and go to the brain, or narrowing of the blood vessels. In a small percentage of the cases, a stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts and bleeds into the brain, known as a hemorrhagic stroke.
Signs of a stroke include trouble speaking; numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in the face, leg, or arm; confusion; sudden, severe headaches; loss of coordination; and vision changes.
In the event of a stroke, call 911 or get to a hospital as soon as possible to avoid permanent damage, which may include paralysis, loss of speech, impaired behavior or emotions, and memory loss.
Here at Insight, we offer several types of therapies that can help patients recover, become stronger, and maintain or regain their independence after a stroke. In addition to neurological surgery and orthopedic services, our holistic approach to care focuses on the whole patient. Once a patient completes a surgical procedure, he or she has the option to participate in our comprehensive therapy programs.
All of these services combined equal specialized, comprehensive treatment for stroke patients:
• Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy
Insight Comprehensive Therapy has providers with special training in the treatment of post-stroke patients. We also offer five private treatment rooms and a large open gym area for workouts and physical therapy treatments.
• Rehabilitation & Mental Health Services
Insight’s Neuro and Trauma Rehabilitation Services is a comprehensive rehabilitation center geared toward improving patients’ overall quality of life, from the first stage of healing to the last. Our team includes physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, orthopedic specialists, neuropsychologists, therapists, and more.
• Health & Fitness Center
Insight Health & Fitness Center promotes wellness with amenities and services including a walking track, cardio and weight equipment, a pool, and personal training.