Can people recover from stroke?

People who have suffered a stroke undergo physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy to help them regain independence. Scientists still don't fully understand how the brain compensates for the damage caused by stroke, although researchers have now found that adult brain cells can regenerate following damage. The ability of neurons to respond in this way is called 'plasticity', and this may help to explain the remarkable adaptability of the brain.

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Physiotherapy can help people who have suffered a stroke to regain their independence.

 

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Wellcome trust

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