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Rehabilitation helps to restore abilities and to regain lost capacity after a stroke. Because stroke survivors often have complex needs, progress and recovery are different for each person, requiring individualized rehabilitation. 

Read on to learn how Fort Sanders can serve you or your loved one during recovery, as well as more about how stroke affects the brain and the stroke survivor’s day-to-day functioning.

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A Rehab Facility You Can Trust

Not all rehabilitation facilities are equal. Fortunately, Fort Sanders is home to the world-renowned Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, a 73-bed inpatient unit focusing on the rehabilitation of stroke, brain and spinal cord injury, and orthopedic patients. 

Our rehabilitation center is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, ensuring you or your loved one will receive individual attention from board-certified physicians and certified staff as you heal.

How Do Strokes Affect You?

Are you curious why a stroke survivor may need such specialized rehabilitation? 

The brain is the most complex part of the human body. It interprets the senses, initiates movement, and controls our behavior. As a result, after you or a loved one has survived a stroke, the resulting brain injury can have a variety of significant effects. 

In addition to temporary or long-term paralysis on one side of the body, a stroke can also affect things like:

  • The senses 
  • Behavioral and thought patterns 
  • Speech
  • Memory 

The graphic below explains what each side of the brain does and what can be affected when a stroke occurs.

doctor views brain MRI with a patient next to him

As you can see, surviving a stroke can leave you or your loved one with significant challenges requiring rehabilitation — and the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center is here to help on the road to recovery.


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