Thursday, June 10, 2010

Occupational Therapy & Stroke Patients

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Some residents in nursing homes have had strokes. It is helpful to know something about them


There are many possible problems after a stroke. The lost functions may include problems with moving, thinking and talking. Pain can be a problem after a stroke as well because of muscle spasticity or weakness. More than 60 percent of stroke survivors will have some sort of disability. Occupational therapy can help with many problems that a stroke brings.
The occupational therapist teaches the stroke victims how to compensate for difficulties after a stroke by prescribing activities that help regain lost functions.
A stroke happens when a brain bleed or blood clot interferes with the flow of blood to the brain. Because of this, many brain cells can die, and damage to the brain occurs. There are many problems that can happen because of the cell death.

Occcupational Therapy

Occupational therapy uses a variety of techniques that are suited to different disabilities and situations. These may include using memory aids such as lists or a diary, learning to eat or dress with one hand or practicing mental or physical tasks through the use of board games and crafts. A stroke survivor's therapy usually begins with simpler activities, then progresses to more complicated ones as the person gets better.

Early Therapy

Once a stroke victim is stable medically, occupational therapy activities usually begin. Education about stroke recovery from read all of...Occupational Therapy & Stroke Patients

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