Essentials of Acute Phase in Stroke Management

Nishika Probodani Silva

Physiotherapist, Sri Lanka

Dr. Nishika Probodani Silva, Physiotherapist, Sri Lanka.

Keywords: Stroke Management; Physiotherapy


Whether or not you are active in the medical field, I intended to write this article in a simple manner for the convenience of all. Most of us are aware of the word “Stroke”. As a Sri Lankan physiotherapist, the stroke patients I treat everyday are practically different from the patients we learn in theories.
What are the essential basics we need to know in our practical life to manage the acute phase of stroke. The first two weeks of stroke known as the Acute phase. Not only in Sri Lanka but in many countries people are terrified at the mere mention of the name “stroke” and think of the patient as confined to the bed. Therefore, as I see, the first step in stroke management is to adequately educate the patient, patient’s family members and relatives that way we can set the most out of them. The attitudes of most caregivers is to keep patient’s limbs as relaxed and comfortable as possible, also afraid to move their weakened limbs because they are not properly aware of the disease.

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