Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation

Each person's stroke recovery is different. Recovery and rehabilitation depend on the area of the brain involved and the amount of tissue damaged. Harm to the right side of the brain may affect movement and sensation on the left side of the body. Damage to brain tissue on the left side may affect movement on the right side. This damage also may cause:

  • Speech and language disorders.
  • Problems with breathing and swallowing.
  • Problems with balancing and hearing.
  • Loss of vision.
  • Loss of bladder or bowel function.

The stroke rehabilitation process may take days or months. It begins with stabilizing you in the hospital. First and foremost, HonorHealth's neurology team strives to prevent the recurrence of stroke, namely by carefully controlling risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

HonorHealth's physicians, nurses and therapists will collaborate to help you overcome new challenges, relearn lost skills and regain motor controls. While damaged brain cells cannot grow back, stroke survivors can learn to adapt and gradually resume activities of daily living — such as walking, speaking, cooking and dressing.

Depending on what complications you might have, the team of people to help your recovery could include:

  • Rehabilitation doctor (physiatrist).
  • Nurse.
  • Dietitian.
  • Physical therapist.
  • Occupational therapist.
  • Recreational therapist.
  • Speech therapist.
  • Social worker.
  • Psychologist or psychiatrist.
  • Chaplain.

The goal of stroke rehabilitation is to help you recover as much of your independence and functioning as possible. Much of stroke rehabilitation involves relearning skills you might have lost, such as walking or communicating.

See also: Neuroscience's Outpatient Rehabilitation.

Stroke Support Groups

If you've suffered a stroke or know someone who has, it can help to have people around you who know what you've been through. Through HonorHealth's stroke support groups, patients, caregivers, family members and friends come together to share stroke prevention ideas, coping skills and information on new therapies. This friendly, caring group has a common bond: To live one day at a time and do the best we can every day.

Support groups meet:

  • On the first and third Monday of each month (except holidays) at the Cowden Center on HonorHealth's John C. Lincoln Medical Center campus, located at 9202 N. Second St. in Phoenix.
  • On the first Wednesday of each month (except holidays) at Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center Outpatient Therapy Services Clinic, located at 3134 N. Civic Center Plaza in Scottsdale.

See our Events page for upcoming stroke support group meetings.