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n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Issues in the long-term management of stroke : main article
Rehabilitation is the process that stimulates activity-driven reorganisation of the brain after stroke and is aimed at restoring function.
Dysphagia after stroke causes aspiration, malnutrition and dehydration.
Speech therapy evaluation facilitates management of dysphagia and communication disorders.
Incontinence generally improves and can be managed with an appropriate bladder and bowel routine.
Fall prevention strategies after stroke should allow maximal activity levels.
Shoulder pain is best managed by strategies aimed at preventing trauma and ensuring correct positioning.
All post-stroke patients should be monitored for mood disorders and cognitive impairment.
Occupational therapy plays an important role in functional integration of stroke survivors into the community.
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