Stroke Rehabilitation

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel transporting oxygen and nutrients to a part of the brain bursts or becomes clogged. When either of these takes place, the nerve cells in that part of the brain begin to die, and brain damage occurs.

The part of the brain that is affected is not able to perform the tasks that it is designed to control. Abilities such as movement, memory and speech are impaired. A stroke may slightly affect a patient, but it may also cause severe, temporary or permanent damage. The effects of a stroke depend primarily on the location of the obstruction and the extent of brain tissues affected.

How We Can Help

According to the American Stroke Association, a stroke happens every 40 seconds in the United States. Patients that have suffered from a stroke are at times in need of acute inpatient rehabilitation.

Weslaco Rehab Hospital provides an interdisciplinary team which includes rehabilitation physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, speech pathologists, rehabilitation nurses, dietitians, ands social workers. Our skilled team of professionals develop an integrated treatment approach that is personalized to each patients physical limitations. The treatment methodology allows each patient to meet and exceed their rehabilitative goals.

WRH Success Rates

In 2010, approximately 18% of patients admitted to Weslaco Rehab Hospital suffered from some type of stroke.

A team of health professionals will work with each other and with you and your caregivers to help you recover from a stroke.  Physicians and nurses will manage your medical needs and the other rehabilitative disciplines will each provide the therapeutic needs according to your medical condition.

  • An occupational therapist to help you practice eating, bathing, dressing, writing and other daily tasks.
  • A speech-language therapist to help you relearn language skills and also help if you have problems with swallowing
  • An activity coordinator to help you return to activities that you enjoyed before the stroke.
  • A chaplain to help you deal with your emotions.
  • A dietitian to help you plan a healthy diet.
  • A social worker and/or case manager to help you and your caregivers arrange for the help and equipment you may need at home after you leave the rehab center.