ZocdocAnswersCan neurological therapy help treat stroke victims?

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Can neurological therapy help treat stroke victims?

How does it work? Will it help my uncle speak again? He's 68.

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Some things to consider include what side and where was the stroke that your uncle had? How long ago was the stroke that he suffered? Does your uncle have risk factors for further strokes, such as high blood pressure, carotid artery disease, or irregular heart beats known as atrial fibrillation? These are all important questions to consider and have him discuss with his primary care doctor who will be able to evaluate his medical history, clinical exam, and presenting symptoms and decide upon what further work up and treatment options are available. He or she may recommend a speech therapy consultation because this is one of the most important ways to help him improve his ability to speak and communicate with others. If your uncle suffered his stroke on the left side (the dominate side of the brain in most people), and the stroke included the speech areas, then it is unlikely that he will be able to speak at the level he was able to speak before the stroke. The reason for this is that the brain is unable to relearn speech if the speech areas are damaged during a stroke or other type of neurological injury. It is important that you have him discuss these issues with his primary care doctor.

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