In the United States alone, approximately 730,000 first-ever strokes occur each year with a survival rate of more than 80 percent. May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and we are helping raise awareness by sharing how orthopedic surgeons can help stroke patients better their lives.
When a patient suffers a stroke, the survivors often experience significant loss of function in the shoulders, arms, and hands.
Ranjan Gupta published a review article for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons stating that orthopedic intervention can help maximize the chances of the affected areas to be useful for daily life activities.
Stroke patients who undergo proper orthopedic treatment can achieve:
- Reduction in pain
- Greater range of motion
- More pleasing appearance of the affected area
“It is critical for the orthopedic surgeon to become involved in the management of these patients immediately following the stroke, to ensure the best possible outcome.” – Ranjan Gupta
This doesn’t mean surgery is the only option. Gupta states a non-surgical approach can also maximize the functional use of the affected areas. During the first six months following a stroke, patients can use these treatments to help recover:
- Positioning arms and legs to become more comfortable
- Range of motion exercises
- Medications to reduce pain and muscle spasms
- Electrical stimulation to waken nerves.
After these six months, orthopedic surgery can address issues of “to make the patient more comfortable.” It can completely eliminate painful muscle spasms and correct deformities.
Medicine has evolved immensely over the years where we can even help stroke victims recover and go back to their daily activities. If you are in need of orthopedic treatment, contact our leading Bellevue orthopedic surgeons at Bellevue Bone & Joint Physicians today!