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With May marking Stroke Awareness Month 2021, here at Uplands Rehabilitation Centre we believe it is important to highlight the different aspects of stroke rehabilitation.

A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition which occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.

In the UK, there are more than 100,000 strokes each year; that is around one stroke every five minutes. Stroke is the fourth single leading cause of death in the UK, however, there are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK.

Like all organs, the brain needs the oxygen and nutrients provided by blood to function properly and if the supply of blood is restricted or stopped, brain cells begin to die. This can lead to brain injury, disability and possibly even death.

A stroke can affect any age group. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, here at URC we have noted a rise in stroke patients - especially among middle-aged men.

There are 2 main causes of stroke:

- Ischaemic – where the blood supply is stopped because of a blood clot, accounting for 85% of all cases

- Haemorrhagic – where a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts

There's also a related condition called a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), where the blood supply to the brain is temporarily interrupted, which causes what's known as a mini-stroke. It can last a few minutes or persist for up to 24 hours.

 

Certain conditions increase the risk of having a stroke, including:

-high blood pressure (hypertension)

-high cholesterol

-irregular heart beats (atrial fibrillation)

-diabetes

 

Unfortunately, people who survive a stroke are often left with long-term problems caused by the injury to their brain. Some people need a long period of intensive and sustained rehabilitation before they can recover their former independence, while many never fully recover and need ongoing support after their stroke.

Rehabilitation and reablement services, such as those we provide here at Uplands, help the person recovering from a stroke learn or relearn the skills they need to live successfully at home independently. Occasionally, people will continue to need some form of care or help with their daily activities and, here at Uplands, we are able to provide that.

Every patient with a neurological disorder is affected differently and therefore the neurological physical therapy we provide is tailored to the patient’s needs in order to help improve their health.

Neurological patients may have difficulties with walking, balance, coordination, and everyday activities. Depending on the area of the brain affected, a person's speech and cognition could also be affected. Our neurology physiotherapists, neurorehabilitation occupational therapists as well as our speech and language therapists specialise in treating a wide range of conditions presented by a stroke patient.

For more information on the conditions we treat at Uplands and services we offer, or to book an appointment with us, visit our website: https://uplandscare.co.uk/contact/contact-us, call us on 01702 880087 or email us at info@uplandscarecentre.com.