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Background Concepts in Stroke Rehabilitation

Chapter 3
Background Concepts in Stroke Rehabilitation
Evidence that neurological and functional recovery occurs in both the acute and chronic phases post-stroke. Rehabilitation has been shown to be most beneficial when started early; however, recovery of stroke-related impairments are still possible months and even years later. Stroke recovery is influenced by a variety of intrinsic and external factors which influence the likelihood and degree of neurological reorganization. Of pertinent interest are the effect of early initiation of rehabilitation, increased therapy intensity, and enriched environments on stroke recovery.