Stroke Recovery

From the moment you arrive at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, we’re focused on providing you excellent treatment so you can start on the road to recovery. Our Stroke Program includes a recovery process that begins as soon as possible following stroke. 

Our team works with you and your family every step of the way, explaining the recovery process and answering any questions you may have. We want you and your loved ones to participate as an integral part of your care team. 

Our specially trained stroke physicians and nurses and other members of your healthcare team will develop a recovery plan specific to your needs. Our goal is to help you regain as much function as possible after your stroke. 

During Recovery

Following stroke, many of your functions may be affected. Some changes are short term, while others may be permanent. Common changes include:

  • Cognitive (thought process) changes
  • Emotional changes
  • Motor (movement) deficits
  • Sensory (seeing and feeling) deficits
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Language deficits 

We know from experience that the brain can recover from stroke to some degree. Full recovery from stroke depends on many factors, including:

  • Severity of the stroke
  • Age
  • Part of the brain damaged
  • Other medical problems
  • Any sickness before the stroke happened
  • Treatment time following the stroke 

Our stroke recovery team, including physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists with special stroke training, will help you regain skills affected by the stroke.