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Post-hospitalization rehabilitation – All you need to know

It is a common misconception that the hard part is over after a successful surgery. Not everyone is aware of the situation after the surgery. Post-surgery, the recovery process can be very demanding and grueling too. The idea that a patient may need rehabilitation post hospitalization and surgery may be very unfamiliar to some people. The concept of rehabilitation is quite unfathomable to a lot of the general masses. There is a lack of awareness on how essential rehabilitation is after post-hospitalization or surgery. After surgery or a trauma, when your mind tells you that it is time to return to your old routine, your body might not be ready to take on the pressure. It is very likely that you may need rehab to regain your strength. Why you need rehabilitation? Rehabilitation is required to help the body cope and recover post-surgery. Since surgery is a life-changing experience rehabilitation can be used to help you adapt to the change. Rehabilitation enables you to re-learn basic skills, for example, dressing up, walking, talking, and so on. And over a period of time, you will be able to attain normalcy. Though through rehabilitation you will be able to strengthen your body,...
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HOW DOES SPEECH AND SWALLOW THERAPY HELP STROKE PATIENTS RETURN TO THEIR NORMAL LIFESTYLES?

A stroke can be a life changing event, leaving patients bed-ridden, physically and mentally disabled. The treatment for stroke is more effective if the patient is admitted to the hospital immediately, without any delay. Hospitalisation and medical treatment alone are not sufficient for the patient to get back to normal. A rehabilitation programme is necessary for helping them regain their independence and become more functional. The most common outcomes of a stroke are slurred speech and difficulty in chewing or swallowing. Hence, a speech and swallow therapy is required to bring back the patient to normalcy. Speech and Swallow Therapy – What does it involve? A speech and swallow therapy is conducted on a patient who is not unable to communicate and consume food on their own. This programme is conducted regularly, to attain the best possible results. The processes involved in this therapy are: Cognitive training: This focuses on the receptiveness of the patient, which is the ability to understand the words of others trying to communicate with the patient. Cognitive training helps the patient resume communication with others effectively as they gain an understanding of the latter’s verbal as well as non-verbal speech. Language therapy: This is commonly...
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ApoKOS – Who are we and what do we offer?

With a vision and goal to help people regain their independence- ApoKOS is a joint venture between Apollo, Asia’s largest medical caregiver and KOS group from Italy. KOS group emphasizes on social health and an advanced support system in healthcare. Equipped with their experience in caregiving and providing support, ApoKos nurtures the patients and helps them in regaining normalcy. ApoKOS ensures quality care to their patients and provides the patient with proper rehabilitation facilities. With a vision to provide post-surgery care and rehabilitation services, and a nurturing hand, ApoKOS is redefining standards of world-class rehabilitation care. At ApoKOS we offer numerous programs and cover a wide range of health rehabilitation specialities. Our programs are comprehensive and wholesome, they are: - Neurological Rehabilitation - Cardiac Rehabilitation - Orthopaedic Rehabilitation - Pediatric Rehabilitation - Geriatric Rehabilitation All of these programs are accompanied by intensive therapy which helps the patient to become fully functional. ApoKOS provides a trustworthy, supportive and an empowering environment which helps these patients believe in themselves and to recover at a faster rate. With a wide range of therapies and cutting-edge technology here are a few therapies we provide: - Rehab Therapy: This therapy is also known as physiotherapy....
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What are the health and lifestyle tips to follow for the first six months after spinal cord injury rehabilitation?

A spinal cord injury is a life-altering event that can bring about a great deal of change to your very mode of existence. Such an injury leaves the patient paralyzed, partly or fully – depending on its intensity, physically disabled and unable to do perform even the simple tasks that require the use of limbs. Although it is vital to go through medication and post hospitalization rehabilitation processes to attain the maximum possible recovery, one must make sure to be cautious of the regular life activities after returning home. A patient, after encountering a spinal cord injury, still has a long way to go in terms of complete recovery because of the loss of balance, neurotic senses, dysfunctional limbs, and mental stress. The health and lifestyle tips to follow are: Regular Exercise: After recovering from a spinal cord injury, it is vital to maintaining proper bone health. Daily stretching and walking exercises are required to help the patient reduce pain and discomfort that persists for a short period of time even after medical intervention assures discharge from the care center. This will help the patient regain strength in their limbs, regain the ability to perform simple regular activities, and gradually...
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Spinal Cord Injury – All you need to know

Spinal cord injury can be categorized into various degrees, depending on the intensity of the affliction. It can be caused by mishaps such as a sudden fall, vehicle accidents, sports injuries, diseases like polio and spina bifida. However, an injury so sensitive must not be left unattended or delayed. Immediate hospitalization is certainly necessary to recover as soon as possible. Also, post-hospitalization treatments are important to help the patient regain as much independence possible. There are two main degrees to which one can injure their spine: Complete spinal cord injury This kind of an injury leaves the spinal cord completely severed, resulting in a halt to all functional capabilities. Such an injury may even lead to a state of paralysis. Incomplete spinal cord injury This form of injury results in the spinal cord being partially severed. The injured person is, however, able to retain some of their functional abilities. There are three major types of incomplete spinal cord injury Anterior Cord Syndrome – Injury to the front area of the spinal cord. Central Cord Syndrome – Injury to the central area of the spinal cord. Brown Sequard Syndrome – Injury to one whole side of the spinal cord. Depending on...
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Tips for caregivers of Stroke survivors

Stroke is a situation that, contrary to popular belief, can be recovered from with the help of appropriate medical treatment and post-medical rehabilitation programmes. Taking care of stroke patients and catering to their requirements entail a long-term commitment. As a caregiver for stroke survivors, you must be cautious while dealing with the patients by keeping in mind some of the most important tips of caregiving. Educate yourself on the topic of stroke: Learn about the disease from experts and doctors. It is important to know your subject matter while dealing with a survivor so that care is provided as required. Take part in the rehabilitation programmes: Post-medical rehabilitation plays a vital role on the road to recovery. Be present and to understand more about stroke and the ways of dealing with the survivor. Know about the risk factors for a relapse: Make sure that you know the risk factors and precautions of the already suffered and survived attack. Seek outside help and support if required: It is not possible for one to look after everything and at the same time make sure that things are perfectly in place. There are a number of services available like, adult day care and night care, and special...
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Stroke Rehabilitation: All you need to know

Stroke is a medical condition in which excess or lack of blood flow into the brain results in the death of cells. The two main types of stroke are Hemorrhagic and Ischaemic. From the onset of the basic symptoms like inability to move, slurred speech, blurred vision, inability to understand, reeling of the head, and sudden blackout, patients affected with stroke must be rushed to the hospital intensive care unit. However,  along with immediate medical treatment, post-hospitalisation treatment that involves long-term rehabilitation programmes must be conducted to help recovering patients regain confidence and independence to carry on with their lives. A patient, who has undergone medical treatment for stroke, must be admitted to a post-medical rehabilitation care unit as soon as they are released from the hospital. The first few days after release from the hospital play a vital role in shaping the road to recovery. Depending on the severity of the stroke, rehabilitation units may include – An in-patient therapy unit in the hospital A sub-acute care unit A rehabilitation hospital with customised inpatient therapy Long-term nursing care Rehabilitation processes depend on the type and intensity of stroke. The therapies that are involved in stroke rehabilitation are: Physical Activities                                                                                                                          Motor-skill...
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Stroke: Warning Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments

Stroke is a condition in which excess or lack of blood flow to the brain causes death of the brain cells. The two main types of stroke are Ischaemic; which is caused due to lack of blood flow, and hemorrhagic; which is caused due to excess blood flow. Stroke has some standard warning signs or symptoms, which must be recognised timely for proper treatment and recovery. Warning signs or symptoms of stroke: It is vital to remember the main warning signs of stroke. It is easy to remember if one memorises the word, FAST. This word is formed out of the first letters of the general method of stroke detection. F – Face Drooping A – Arm Weakness S –Speech Difficulty T – Time to call Emergency Services It is extremely important to call an ambulance immediately as a possible stroke is predicted, even if one is not completely sure. It is always better to be safe than to be sorry. Other major symptoms of stroke include: Paralysis on one side of the body Difficulty in understanding simple things Dizziness Blurred vision Loss of balance Severe headache Loss of consciousness Medical treatments after a stroke attack: Stroke can be treated...
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How to prevent a stroke?

Stroke is a situation in which the quantity of blood flow to the brain is distorted, which results in the death of brain cells. To work towards prevention of stroke, one must keep in mind its causes and risk factors. Diet: To keep the brain active and functional, a healthy combination of vitamins, minerals, and fibre is required. A good balance of all the nutrients, taken in on a regular basis, keeps the brain and body fit. Exercise: Healthy food might be one of the most important aspects of good health, but it is not the sole aspect. Exercise is vital to the maintenance of a healthy body and physique. Physical movement allows the food to be digested in a systematic pattern. This further enables the brain cells to function. After all, the brain and the body are connected, and the cells keep live going. Alcohol: Overdose of alcohol is a slow killer. Alcohol, if consumed more than the prescribed limit, leads to damage to the liver and an increase in blood pressure. This leads to an abnormal rush of blood in the brain, which results in the death of brain cells. Smoking: One of the greatest threats to positive...
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Rehabilitation for patients recovering from Cerebral attack

A cerebral attack is a serious form of stroke that leaves patients under the supervision of surgeons and physicians for months. However, when there is a will, there is a way. It is possible for patients to revert to their former independent lives with the support of a holistic and patient-centric stroke rehabilitation program. Stroke rehabilitation after suffering a cerebral attack involves the following categories: • Speech and swallow therapy – This therapy helps regain smooth operation of language, chewing, and swallowing, which become sedated after a cerebral attack. This rehabilitation entails language therapy, voice training, fluency development training, swallowing examination, therapy and training. • Cognitive behavior therapy – This is conducted to reinstate proper behavioural techniques that are distorted post stroke. This therapy deals with cognitive disorders, communication disorders, psychological evaluation and treatment. • Occupational therapy – This is a rehabilitation process that helps improve motor skills and hand-eye coordination through occupational activities. The activities that are conducted by therapist are supported by functional electrical stimulation, robotic technology, wireless technology, and virtual reality. • Physiotherapy– This is a rehabilitation process that is conducted in the form of phases of physical exercises that help regain strength, mobility, and independent balance....
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