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Stroke Recovery: How Therapy Can Help

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Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer from a stroke each year.[1]

That leaves many survivors with the tough task of relearning. They have to start parts of their life over as they work on walking, talking, and even processing and remembering as they once did. And, it leaves many family members and loved ones with the challenge of taking this journey with them.

The good news, though, is that there are many caring and capable people willing to help. Physical, occupational, and speech therapists all play an important role in the relearning process.

The damage suffered from a stroke can vary from patient to patient. Each stroke looks different based on how much damage occurred and what part of the brain was affected.[2] Stroke survivors face a variety of problems including pain, numbness, or muscle weakness. These can lead to difficulties with sense of touch and difficulties with swallowing and eating. Problems with language and thinking are very common as well.

Therapy helps patients regain their independence and their ability to take care of themselves. Here are a few ways in which the individual therapies can help recovery after a stroke.

Speech Therapy

Stroke survivors may develop aphasia. They’ll have difficulty speaking, finding words, and understanding what others are saying. Speech therapists use repetition and reading and writing exercises to help survivors learn how to communicate.[3]

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists help with any movement problems. They use exercises and activities to help survivors regain strength, coordination, balance, and control.[4]

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists help survivors relearn self-care skills. They focus on daily activities such as bathing, getting dresses, eating and cooking.

The biggest key to success: don’t give up hope! Recovery from stroke is often a long process. Some skills come back quickly and others take more hard work and more time. But, improvements and growth can come even years into the recovery process.

 

 

[1] Strokecenter.org/patients/about-stroke/stroke-statistics/

[2] Webmd.com/stroke/tc/stroke-rehabilitation-overview?page=2

[3] Everydayhealth.com/stroke/guide/recovery/

[4] Stroke.org/we-can-help/stroke-survivors/just-experienced-stroke/rehab

Baker Rehab Group Expands Speech Therapy Coverage

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BRG is excited to introduce Jacob Bal, SLP as head of our Speech Language and Pathology program. Jake studied psychology and linguistics at the University of Michigan where he developed an interest in working with children with autism. After completing his undergraduate degrees, Jake decided on pursuing a graduate degree in speech and language pathology. Jake had fully intended on working with special needs children upon graduation, but quickly found his passion for working with older adults in their homes.

Jake is certified in VitalStim, which is a modality used for strengthening and retraining the muscles of the throat necessary for safe swallowing. Jake also has a strong interest in improving memory and cognition in people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Since BRG is a provider of rehab services to older adults who may have swallowing, language, or cognitive deficits, it is easy to see how Jake has become an indispensible member of the Baker Rehab team.

In May, Jake is set to marry Colleen Petersen, a soft-spoken secret weapon in the BRG home office. Jake and Colleen will be representing BRG in the Alzheimer’s Association Forget-Me-Not Gala as Dancing Stars of Frederick contestants this May to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Jake says, “We get to be a part of a wonderful fundraising event, and get free dance lessons just in time for our wedding. I’d say it’s a win win.”

Because of Jacob, BRG is now able to offer speech therapy coverage all over central Maryland, Baltimore, and Martinsburg, WV.