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Games like card play help arm/hand stroke recovery

This is great news! Playing cards, dominos, bingo, Jenga, and ball games contribute to arm and hand recovery after a stroke in addition to your standard physio and occupational therapy program. There is another important finding here; its gains are similar to the gains from virtual reality games. In other words, if you live in low-resourced settings it does not really matter. Still, you can achieve similar improvement. It is also great news for those living in low-middle income countries. Read about: “Six rules to recover movements after stroke” About the study: The researchers1 included 141 aged 18-85 patients who…

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What does stroke rehabilitation mean?

This post discusses the concept of stroke rehabilitation. This is where stroke carers have a big role to play. Here, we discuss when the stroke rehabilitation begins, what aspects it includes, and the current expert recommendations. What is stroke rehabilitation? It has three goals: Re-learning the lost skills Managing existing problems Preventing new problems When and how the stroke rehabilitation begins? The experts say it begins at the hospital as soon as the affected is medically stable. It could be as early as 48 hours of the event. The earliest rehab activity could be turning and moving arms and legs…

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How to recognize a stroke: Stroke symptoms

Stroke symptoms refer to the sudden changes someone tells you with or without your prompting. On the other hand, stroke signs refer to the changes you observe. Remember and use F.A.S.T. and B.E.F.A.S.T. acronyms to detect a stroke. This post discusses stroke symptoms and signs, the F.A.S.T. campaign, the concept of the “golden hour”, and delays in seeking hospital care. The F.A.S.T. campaign F.A.S.T. is an acronym. Its four letters refer to common stroke symptoms and signs. The F.A.S.T. has now become a popular stroke awareness campaign in the world. F.A.S.T. refers to; F: face, A: arms, S: speech, T:…

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Detrimental effects of prolonged bed rest

Have you thought about this? About the detrimental effects of prolonged bed rest? This post is about that. A little bit of history about bed rest research Researchers say that bed rest was considered as a treatment strategy in the 19th century. This view was beginning to change at the turning to the 20th century. In 1947, Dr. R.A.J. Asher wrote an article to the British Medical Journal about “Dangers of going to bed”. His article was meant for physicians: ” we should think twice before ordering our patients to bed and realize that beneath the comfort of blanket there…

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Clot removal effective even after six hours

It is good news; until 2018, we knew that neurosurgeons can salvage living neurons only if they remove the clot within six hours of the block. Now, we know it is not so. They can go ahead with the operation if a patient is ready for the surgery even after six hours. About the study This finding was published in the The New England of Journal of Medicine in 2018. An eminent group of US researchers conducted this study recruiting stroke patients from 32 stroke centres; so, it was a multi-centre study. They compared recovery levels of two groups of…

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Mobility aids: Walking sticks

A four-legged (quad) walking stick Walking sticks or canes are a very common mobility aid used by those recovering from a stroke – not by all. Obviously, canes can give only support; that means the recovering individuals should be able to stand and walk with support. A physiotherapist should decide this. Research has shown that canes improve walking ability further. Not only that, but it also boosts self-confidence and social interactions. Other than its use as a walking aid, canes have several other practical applications such as using it as a tool to turn a switch on and off, reaching…

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Brain’s blood supply routes: Journeys to the brain-7

brain’s blood flow

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