Rehabilitation helps stroke survivors relearn skills that are lost when part of the brain is damaged. Therapy begins after medical conditions have been stabilized, often within 24–48 hours after the stroke. Physical, occupational and speech therapists will meet with patients, evaluate needs and make a plan for treatment.
Although damaged brain cells cannot be replaced, intensive therapy can reconnect brain cells and new pathways established. For some stroke survivors, rehabilitation will be an ongoing process to maintain and improve skills and could involve working with specialists for months or years after the stroke.