A stroke can cause problems with speech, vision, memory, balance or movement. It can lead to weakness or paralysis. Patients often have to relearn basic functions such as walking, talking, eating and more after stroke.
Recovery from Stroke
Fortunately, stroke rehabilitation is available to help people regain the skills needed in daily life. The stroke specialists at Barnes-Jewish & Washington University Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center offer comprehensive services for prevention of subsequent stroke, extended rehabilitation and life-long follow-up care.
Our goal is to restore or compensate for the loss of speech, movement and sight skills as much as possible. In fact, compared to national averages, a significantly higher number of our stroke patients are able to return home rather than move to nursing homes for care because of our stroke rehabilitation.
We use state-of-the-art behavioral and pharmacological interventions to improve function. Technology-based stroke rehabilitation methods, including weight-supported treadmill gait training, robotic-enhanced gait training, and functional electrical stimulation are being evaluated. A portion of our unit is dedicated to the care of behavioral and cognitive deficits after traumatic brain injury. In addition, we provide a multispecialty team that can bring together an individualized stroke rehabilitation plan, including:
- Physiatry (exercise and movement)
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech-language therapy
- Social work
If you suspect stroke, call 9-1-1 to activate rapid response services and transport to a Stroke Network hospital.
To find out more about the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Stroke Center, call