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Although the stroke occurs in the brain, the damaged brain tissue that results from stroke can affect the entire body. A frequent disability that results from stroke is complete paralysis on one side of the body, called hemiplegia. This may show up as weakness or hemiparesis. In addition, the individual who has had a stroke may have problems with thinking, awareness, attention, learning, judgement and memory. Problems may occur in understanding what other people are saying to them or in forming words themselves. The individual may have difficulty controlling their emotions or may express inappropriate emotions. Depression is a common effect of stroke. Stroke survivors may experience numbness or strange sensations in the affected extremities. Recurrent stroke is frequent; about 25% of people who recover from a 1st stroke will experience another stroke within 5 years.


Rehabilitation helps stroke survivors relearn skills that are lost when part of the brain is damaged by a stroke. Rehabilitation also teaches survivors new ways of performing tasks to circumvent or compensate for any residual disabilities. It is an important link in the chain of treatment to return the stroke patient to the best level of functioning.

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The Parkview Rehabilitation Center and Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne offer the expertise of the physicians of the FWNC for the optimal rehabilitation of patients with stroke and other neurological conditions.