A stroke is a sudden brain injury which occurs due to blockage of blood vessels by blood clot or ruptured blood vessels (hemorrhagic stroke), affecting more men than women of any age. Some of the symptoms from stroke include muscle weakness, numbness, partial or full paralysis of face, arm or leg, slurred speech, blurred vision, loss of balance etc. Rehabilitation aims to enable the individual to become mobile and as independent as possible, regaining muscle control and strength, as well as return to daily activities.
Traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injury is caused by a trauma to head, commonly from an external mechanical force including but not limited to road accidents, falls or assaults. Depending on the severity of the brain injury, the effects could be wide-ranging from physical symptoms such as problem with balancing, headaches, dizziness, and unconsciousness to cognitive and behavioral symptoms such as speech or memory problems. Rehabilitation, in such cases, could help to minimize deterioration of functional movements or physical disabilities by aiding the brain to learn in alternative ways, thus improving survivor’s quality of life.