Stroke is a leading cause of disability in adults. The Physical Therapy Zone can help relieve the effects of a stroke by working to improve balance, walking, and the use of assistive devices.
What are the types of strokes?
Ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke and it occurs when the brain’s blood vessels become narrowed or blocked, causing severely reduced blood flow (ischemia). Blocked or narrowed blood vessels are caused by fatty deposits that build up in blood vessels or by blood clots or other debris that travel through your bloodstream and lodge in the blood vessels in your brain.
Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in your brain leaks or ruptures. Brain hemorrhages can result from many conditions that affect your blood vessels. If you are experiencing the following, you are at risk for a hemorrhagic stroke:
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Overtreatment with blood thinners (anticoagulants)
- Bulges at weak spots in your blood vessel walls (aneurysms)
- Trauma (such as a car accident)
- Protein deposits in blood vessel walls that lead to weakness in the vessel wall (cerebral amyloid angiopathy)
- Ischemic stroke leading to hemorrhage
Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) — sometimes known as a ministroke — is a temporary period of symptoms similar to those you’d have in a stroke. A TIA occurs when a clot or debris reduces or blocks blood flow to part of your nervous system. This causes a temporary decrease in blood supply to part of your brain, which may last as little as five minutes, and does not cause permanent damage.
If you’ve had a TIA, it means you may have a partially blocked or narrowed artery leading to your brain and increases your risk of having a full-blown stroke later.
What does stroke rehab entail?
Common therapies for post-stroke rehabilitation include constraint-induced movement therapy, functional electrical stimulation, motor image, partial body weight support, and neuro therapy techniques, such as biofeedback.
Biofeedback is a type of neurological therapy that helps improve awareness of muscle function and how it may need to be changed. This is done by attaching electrodes to the skin in order to measure muscle activity on a screen. After a stroke, our Alexandria physical therapist can help you regain your functional skills so you can get back to living your life independently.
Get started on the first steps of your treatment plan today!
At The Physical Therapy Zone, our physical therapists work closely with neurological experts to provide the best treatment possible for you. If you are suffering from a stroke that is limiting you from living the life you want to live, don’t hesitate to Contact Us Today at Alexandria, VA Center. If you request an appointment to meet with one of our dedicated physical therapists, you will find out how we can best manage your symptoms and help you reach your physical goals. Don’t suffer in silence – find relief today.