Who Is at Risk for Stroke?

Instead of rehab, turn to pre-hab. 

The National Stroke Association reports that stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the US and the leading cause of disability in US adults. You may be more at risk for this neurological injury due to age, ethnicity, family history, or genetics; however, there are things you can do right now to improve your lifestyle and reduce your risk for stroke. One way to protect your body and promote recovery after a stroke is to turn to our Franklin, TN, Physiatrist Dr. Sravani Mehta, for pre-hab.

What Is Pre-hab?

We typically refer to pre-hab when talking about treating or preventing certain injuries. Pre-hab is a great way to improve the body’s healing processes after surgery or injury while protecting and preventing problems from occurring in those at risk for developing specific injuries or conditions. If you are at risk for stroke, then our Franklin, TN, team can evaluate your unique case and determine your pre-hab treatment plan.

Who Is at Risk for Stroke?

While anyone can develop a stroke during their lifetime, certain risk factors can increase their chances. These risk factors include,

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Birth control pills
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Binge drinking
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle

What Does Prehab Entail?

Prehab is designed to improve someone’s recovery outcome after suffering a stroke. Prehab is recommended for all individuals who have experienced a stroke, as we see that many stroke patients’ recovery is better after prehab than those who don’t undergo prehab.

A rehabilitation program will involve various treatment options to improve daily and bodily functions, including mobility and range-of-motion training, and motor skill exercises. Electrical stimulation, noninvasive brain stimulation, speech therapy, and biological therapies may also be recommended as part of your prehab recovery. Prehab or stroke rehabilitation may be used for months or even years to provide a more effective and efficient recovery process.

If you or a loved one has just suffered a stroke and want to learn more about the pre-hab program Dr. Mehta and the BrainCare ( Brain Injury and Stroke Rehab) team offer in Franklin, TN, call (615) 450-6758 today to learn more.