Background Concepts in Stroke Rehabilitation
Keywords:Classification, outcomes, impact, recovery, mechanisms, time, plasticity, reorganization
Essential to stroke rehabilitation is the accurate diagnosis and management of neurological deficits. Stroke affects the physical, psychological, and emotional health of the patient and often results in long-term disability. As well, stroke severity and location can impact the brain's mechanisms of reorganization and the patient's rehabilitation needs. This review focuses on post-stroke outcomes and the impact of rehabilitation. Various recovery models and time courses for specific functions are highlighted. As well, research concerning stroke rehabilitation's role in cortical reorganization is reviewed.
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