Rehab After Stroke

Rehab After Stroke

It’s the leading cause of disability in the country. Each year in Lee County two thousand people suffer from a stroke. Health experts say it’s what happens after a stroke that can change a person’s life.

According to Lee Memorial Health System Neuroscience Director Cindy Drapal, a stroke can happen at any age, but adults over the age of 65 are at a higher risk for a having a stroke.

Bob Mandell was 53 when he had a stroke. Like many patients, he was unable to walk or speak for several weeks.

Rehabilitation Hospital manager Joe Ryan says, rehab is an important part of the recovery after someone has a stroke. “Right after a stoke you want to do as much rehab as you can. You want to get the most recovery as fast as you can. We’re going to basically treat and improve the clinical signs and the problems that we see.”

He says on average a patient will stay in inpatient care for 14 days, but stroke patients typically stay longer.

“With intensive rehabilitation we can promote the best and fastest degree of recovery” said Dr. Adam Heller, a neurologist on the Lee Memorial Health System medical staff.

During their therapy, patients may need to relearn how to speak, walk, balance, and even perform daily life tasks.

“I had physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, therapy in a warm water pool” said Mandell. “You have to have patience, constant therapy, and constant practice.”

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Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries.


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