25% of people with cerebral stroke are completely dependent for activities of daily living six months after the injury, while three in ten patients are forced to use a wheelchair when traveling.
This was one of the conclusions expressed during the 50th Congress of the Spanish Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (SERMEF), being held until tomorrow at the Palacio de Congresos de Cordoba in southern Spain.
These data, said in a statement the organization of the forum were provided by the rehabilitation physician Aita Menni Hospital in Bilbao (north), Juan Ignacio Marin, who said that half of those affected still has six months to a decrease in stroke of the driving force or partial paralysis.
Stroke, according to Marin, is the fourth leading cause of death in developed countries and the leading cause of disability in the adult patient, but he said, the brain has some capacity for recovery after injury.
He stressed that in the acute stage of stroke “all relief efforts are aimed at non-progression of damage and in the subacute period of rehabilitation techniques are focused on maximizing brain plasticity.”.