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Because stroke survivors often have complex rehabilitation needs, progress and recovery are different. Brain injury resulting from a stroke can affect the senses, behavioral and thought patterns, speech, and memory. Temporary or long-term paralysis on one side of the body can also occur.

Rehabilitation helps to restore abilities and to regain lost capacity. 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 orthopaedic patients. 

Not all rehabilitation facilities are equal. Be sure to follow the guidelines set forth by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities to ensure that you choose a rehab center that provides individual attention by board-certified physicians and certified staff.

How do Strokes affect normal brain function?

The brain is the most complex part of the human body. It interprets the senses, initiates movement and controls our behavior. The following explains what each side of the brain does and what is affected when a stroke occurs.