Stroke Rehabilitation Requires Comprehensive Care
Stroke rehabilitation is never a one-size-fits-all program. Each survivor¡¯s brain is affected differently by a brain attack, due to differences in the location of the event, the duration of the stroke, and other factors. The success of any stroke rehabilitation program can be impacted by the speed in which emergency medical intervention is completed. If a patient can receive care within a few hours of experiencing their first stroke symptoms, they stand a better chance of mitigating brain damage and preserving brain function. For this reason, anyone who believes they are experiencing a stroke is urged to call 9-1-1 right away to be transported to the nearest comprehensive stroke center. For people in the Tampa Bay area who experience a stroke, their nearest comprehensive stroke center is likely at Tampa General Hospital.
Our experienced, specialized stroke staff can help patients through diagnosis, emergency care, treatment, and subsequent stroke rehabilitation. When patients are admitted with stroke symptoms, we first determine the cause and location of the issue, using some of the most advanced imaging technologies available. We can then quickly take emergency measures to address the specific type of stroke the patient is experiencing. Such actions can include administering medication to break down clots and prevent new ones from forming, the surgical removal of a clot, and the placement of stents in affected arteries.
We stabilize patients and assess the extent of damage to their brain tissue. Once they regain some strength, patients can be begin occupational, physical, and speech therapy to maximize brain function following their stroke. ?When patients are determined to be well enough they may be taken to Tampa General Hospital¡¯s Stroke Rehabilitation Center, which has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Here, our staff can develop an inpatient or outpatient treatment plan that includes:
- Medical treatments
- Therapeutic approaches like physical therapy
- Case management services
With thorough stroke rehabilitation, and dedicated care from a knowledgeable staff, there is life after a stroke.