Stroke rehabilitation

Stroke rehabilitation at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Inpatient rehabilitation:

General information:

Effects of stroke

Changes after your stroke may be mild or severe, brief or long-lasting. This depends on the area of your brain affected by the stroke and how extensive the damage is. 

Everyday activities: After having a stroke, you may find that doing everyday activities may be difficult.

Physical effects on either side of the brain: Changes that may happen after a stroke on either side of the brain include abnormal muscle tone, bladder and bowel changes, problems with understanding and coordination. 

Left-sided stroke – aphasia and language apraxia: The left side of the brain controls the ability to speak and understand language in most people.

Right-sided stroke: The right side of the brain controls the ability to pay attention, recognize things you see, hear or touch, and be aware of your own body.

Emotional effects: If the stroke damaged parts of your brain that control behavior, you may not be able to control your emotions. You may also feel anxious or depressed.

Posterior stroke (CVA – cerebrovascular accident): A posterior circulation stroke means the stroke affects the back area of your brain.

Multiple strokes (CVAs): A multiple CVA (cerebrovascular accident) means several small strokes happen in a short time on both sides of your brain.

Source: Allina Health Patient EducationUnderstanding Stroke, fifth edition, neuro-ahc-90662
Reviewed By: Allina Health Patient Education experts
First Published: 02/01/2006
Last Reviewed: 05/01/2018