So what do therapists do during acute phase? Most therapists involved in acute care will tell you the same thing: "We do whatever they can." That is, whatever the patient is physically able to do is encouraged. But there is often not very much the stroke survivor can do. Yet therapy immediately after stroke is generous. There is often hours per day slated for acute care therapy. But that's not when hours are needed. Hours are needed during the subacute phase.
The subacute phase is usually defined as "seven days to three months." But this is actually a misrepresentation. The fact is, like anything with stroke, it's different for every survivor. Each phase, in fact, happens in a different time for each individual survivor. In any case, it's the subacute phase when intensive efforts towards recovery should begin. Yet for many stroke survivors there's actually a reduction in the number of hours of therapy during the subacute phase as compared to the acute phase. In this way, therapy for stroke survivors is upside down.
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