Also known as a "brain attack", a stroke occurs when the blood flow to brain has stopped, either by a blockage or a hemorrhage. It is the number 5 leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. The level of disability following a stroke depends on how long the brain cells have been deprived of oxygen. For someone that is suffering from a stroke, it's important to get them the help they need as soon as possible in order reduce the level of disability.
Each year, nearly 800,000 people experience a stroke, whether it's new or recurrent. This equates to one stroke occurring every 40 seconds.
F.A.S.T: An easy to identify the most common symptoms of stroke, and since the brain is not receiving the adequate amount of oxygen, time is precious. Quickly recognizing that someone is suffering from a stroke can not only save their life, but can also reduce long-term effects that may occur. The earlier they can receive treatment, the better the results.
Here are the signs to look for when ruling out a stroke. If even just one of these symptoms is detected, you need to call 9-1-1 immediately.
FACE: Do you notice that one side of the person's face is drooping?
ARMS: Can the person raise both arms overhead evenly? Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Is their speech slurred or jumbled?
TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away!
If you or someone you love has suffered from a stroke, physical therapy can help to get back to the highest level of independence. Rehabilitation techniques may include learning how to walk, transfer, negotiate stairs, relearning old skills or learning new ones. Skilled physical therapists can help you to adapt to new limitations and offer the necessary support to help you physically, socially, and emotionally.
At Burd Physical Therapy, we can help you to get back to doing what you love, even after a stroke.