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At Progressive Therapy Associates, we specialize in treating brain injury. Many people are not aware that a stroke is a type of brain injury.

Through our commitment to increase awareness, education, and encourage survivors and their families during recovery, we will be discussing stroke.

What is a Stroke?
According to the National Stroke Association, a stroke is a brain attack. A stroke can happen at any time to anyone. It may also affect the family/caregivers as much as it does the person who suffered from the stroke.

A stroke happens when blood flow to a particular area of the brain is cut off. The lack of blood circulation then causes brain cells that are deprived of oxygen to die. As brain cells die during a stroke, the motor functions associated with the affected part of the brain begins to show symptoms such as memory loss and lack of muscle control.

The symptoms and effects that a person will exhibit during a stroke is dependent on the area of the brain that is affected and how much damage the stroke caused. After suffering a stroke, it is possible to recover with treatment.

We recommend and encourage everyone who has been affected personally or indirectly by a stroke to seek help because it can make all the difference in the world when it comes to quality of life for both the survivor and their family.

If you're interested in learning more about therapy for a stroke, request a free consultation at Progressive Therapy Associates or call us 701-356-7766. We are here to help you and your loved ones navigate the recovery path after a stroke.

Stroke Quick Facts
800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke every year

A stroke happens every 40 seconds in the United States

Every 4 minutes someone dies from a stroke

It is estimated that up to 80% of stokes can be prevented

Stroke kills twice as many woman as breast cancer every year

Children and infants have strokes too

25% of stroke survivors will experience another stroke

Recurrent strokes often have a higher rate of death and disability

Source: National Stroke Association

Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke
Every minute counts when it comes to treating a stroke. Since with every minute that the blood flow is blocked, brain cells are affected, which can cause permanent damage to a person's speech, movement, and memory.

We'd like to encourage you to understand, learn and identify the following signs and symptoms of a stroke so that you can react as quickly as possible at the first sign of a stroke.

Stroke Symptoms Include:
Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg (especially when this weakness is limited to one side of the body)

Sudden confusion, or difficulty understanding (comprehension)

Sudden trouble speaking

Sudden trouble with your vision in one or both eyes

Sudden trouble walking

Sudden loss of coordination and balance

Sudden dizziness

Sudden severe headache without a cause

It is IMPORTANT that you dial 911 immediately at the sign of any of the symptoms noted above.

It is equally as important to try to remember what time the first symptom started and give this information to the 911 operator or emergency responder. This information can help them make treatment decisions because every minute counts.

Now that we know what to look for when evaluating a stroke, let's apply this knowledge toward assessing if someone might be experiencing a stroke.

1.     Note what time it is.

2.     Ask the person to smile. Note, does one side of their face droop?

3.     Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

4.     Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase like, my name is John Doe and I was born in North Dakota. Is their speech slurred?

If the person's face droops on one side, or one arm drifts downward, or their speech is slurred, call 911 immediately and be prepared to tell them what time you noticed the first sign of the stroke.

The timely call to 911 is the first step toward recovering from a stroke.

The Road Toward Recovery After a Stroke
Once you're ready to start your road toward recovery, you may find that you could benefit from a support group. Progressive Therapy Associates co-hosts the Mind Matters Brain Injury Support Group, This group meets the first Thursday of every month from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Progressive Therapy Associates.

At Progressive Therapy Associates, we also offer FREE consultations to help you or your loved one get the therapy and treatments that are critical toward recovery and improved quality of life.

The stroke therapy at Progressive Therapy Associates can help you to understand your injury, relearn skills that you may have lost, and regain independence.

7 Steps to Reducing the Risk for Recurrent Stroke

1.     Manage your high blood pressure

2.     Keep your diabetes under control

3.     Eat a healthy diet

4.     Stop smoking

5.     Increase your physical activity

6.     Control your alcohol consumption

7.     Manage your high cholesterol

Post-Stroke Symptoms
Understanding the changes that a person may experience after suffering from a stroke can help improve not only the physical aspect (speech, language, memory), but also the emotional state.

Most stroke symptoms are common and will improve with time and therapy from an experienced stroke treatment facility like Progressive Therapy Associates.

Physical symptoms that many stroke survivors experience include weakness, stiffness, numbness, poor balance, and uncoordinated movements. Speech may appear slurred or it may be challenging to pronounce sounds. It could also be difficult to communicate and get out words or understood what is being said. Swallowing can also be affected.

After a stroke, there can also be changes with thinking. The stroke survivor may have challenges with attention, memory, and problem solving. The person may be distracted or be unable to inhibit inappropriate behavior.

At Progressive Therapy Associates, their therapists specialize in addressing the speech, communication, swallowing, and cognitive changes that can happen after a stroke.

So remember, when it comes to recovering from a stroke, every minute counts. Commit the signs and symptoms of a stroke to memory. Remember how to evaluate if a person is suffering from a stroke. Seek help right away.

Progressive Therapy Associates does not wish a stroke on anyone, but should you or your loved one suffer a stroke, we are here to help.

Free Consultation
Qualified Therapists

Our dedicated team of speech-language pathologists are specially trained in speech therapy as it relates to cognitive-communication issues (how you listen, process, focus, remember, and communicate). We are also nationally certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, are nationally recognized by the Brain Injury Association of America and are Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS). We are licensed to practice in both North Dakota and Minnesota. We believe every patient deserves the best treatment and support we can offer in every single contact and interaction with us.

Individual Approach

We recognize that no two people have the same needs and that everyone has different learning styles. That’s why we like to call our approach “the Progressive way,” which means we will happily customize treatment plans to meet the unique needs of the individual and their family. We also believe in “the right fit” between patient and therapist, so will make every effort to match you with a clinician who connects with you, understands you, and utilizes a therapy style that is comfortable for you.

We are here to help

Depending on the goals you wish to accomplish and the learning pace that is most comfortable for you, we will arm you with the evidence-based strategies, proven skills, and ample support you need to feel more organized, prepared, and effective. Therapy strategies may range from recommendations for specific tools (such as timers or planners), one-on-one brainstorming and problem-solving to address concerns, therapeutic activities as well as computer trials or worksheets to help strengthen cognitive and executive functions like attention, memory, and planning.

Coaching with compassion

We know that working on cognitive-communication issues is hard work and that it can be easy to feel defeated or overwhelmed by the challenges of building a more efficient brain. However, you will not be in this alone. We are not just speech-language pathologists; we are fellow human beings who care about you, your journey, and your success. We don’t want an appointment to feel like you’ve been sent to the principal’s office. Instead, you’ll find a comfortable space where you’ll feel listened to and understood. And because humor makes everything more bearable, be prepared to laugh and joke a bit too!