Frequently Asked Questions

19. What kinds of therapies are available to help rehabilitate patients after stroke?

For most stroke patients, rehabilitation mainly involves physical therapy. The aim of physical therapy is to have the stroke patient relearn simple motor activities such as walking, sitting, standing, lying down, and the process of switching from one type of movement to another.

Another type of therapy to help patients relearn daily activities is occupational therapy. This type of therapy also involves exercise and training. Its goal is to help the stroke patient relearn everyday activities such as eating, drinking and swallowing, dressing, bathing, cooking, reading and writing, and toileting.

Speech therapy helps stroke patients relearn language and speaking skills, or learn other forms of communication. It is appropriate for patients who have no deficits in cognition or thinking, but have problems understanding speech or written words, or problems forming speech.

Talk therapy, along with the right medication, can help ease some of the mental and emotional problems that result from stroke.