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Rehabilitation after a stroke

Rehabilitation is necessary to prevent the complications secondary to immobility and to help the patient learn to overcome their disability. Rehabilitation therapy starts at about 24 hours after the stroke. About half of the survivors of a stroke have some form of paralysis, about 1/4 cannot walk and about 1/6 have difficulty speaking. Physical therapy helps patients learn to walk or use a wheelchair. Occupational therapists work to improve motor skills. Speech therapists work to improve language...