When you initially have a stroke, you will be cared for by a neurologist and nurses who know how to properly stop whatever is causing the stroke, and give you any immediate care that you may need. However, once you are on the road to recovery, you will need a medical team to help you get there, consisting of different medical professionals who specialize in different areas. This article will explain some important members of your stroke recovery team, and how they will be able to help you recover.
If you lost some control of your motor skills due to your stroke, then physical therapists will help you to work to regain these skills. They will help you with arm and leg movements, and will even focus on small hand and feet movements, like picking up a pencil. You will do exercises that will strengthen your arms and legs, and you will also be given exercises that you need to work on when you are at home, in between visits.
Your occupational therapist is similar to your physical therapist, but will instead help you work on using your motor skills to perform everyday tasks. You will work on things such as writing, getting dressed, brushing your teeth, combining your hair, putting on your shoes, washing your dishes, and several other everyday tasks that you will need to be able to perform. Repetition of these movements will be key to helping you regain the ability to do them.
Speech Language Pathologist
The speech language pathologist will help you to regain your ability to form words and speak them. They will first analyze if you are struggling on the cognitive or motor level, and will then begin treatment to either help you analyze the words correctly, and form your mouth to say them correctly. Your speech language pathologist will also be able to help you with any swallowing issues that you may be suffering from in relation to your stroke.
Your counselor will be there for you to help you deal with all of the emotional issues that you have in relation to your stroke. This type of event will greatly change your life, and you will likely need help coping with all of the changes that you have experienced. Your counselor will be able to discuss the exact issues that you are struggling with, and will help you understand how to best deal with them.
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