Stroke therapy advice from PT and OT

Q. How does neuroplasticity help young stroke survivors?

A. Marty: Neuroplasticity is the brain’s adaptation following some type of injury that leads to a recovery of the lost function. It is essential to incorporate high intensity repetitive movements to maximize brain recovery.  (Here’s my blog on neuroplasticity.)

Jon: Neuroplasticity is retraining your brain. So rather than learning to compensate for a deficit from stroke, like a weakened hand, your brain is relearning how to do what was lost. With young folks, the more we can get them back to normal, the more we can get them to do everything that they ever want to do.

Q.  What’s your opinion on the likelihood of young stroke survivors walking again?

A. Jon: In my opinion, about 80% of people who have a stroke are able to gain some form of walking. Based on that, it’s a pretty reasonable assumption that someone will be able to walk again.

The difference is a young person walks a lot more than an old person. Whereas if you’re elderly, you can walk 300 feet and you’re walking. If you’re young, the bar is way higher. Young stroke survivors have different expectations.

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