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Can a stroke patient recover from paralysis?

My friend has stroke paralysis. Can a stroke patient recover from paralysis?

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Recovery from paralysis, following a stroke, depends on three factors:

a) the location of the impacted part of the brain or spinal cord that the stroke is associated with. If, for example, the stroke arises in the motor area of the brain versus the sensory part--the paralysis will be more pronounced and longer lasting

b) Rehabilitation would be critical to restore recovery. If one does not participate in rehabilitation, the paralysis would persist or evolve into spasticity and contracture--and into more serious disability.

Compliance with treatment and therapy
3. Failure to comply with the appropriate treatment and therapy would limit the appropriate recovery from paralysis.
Depending on how old the stroke is, what areas of the brain are affected by MRI also the stroke whether ischemic or a bleed are recovery factors. Physical therapy to prevent contracture while the brain area is recovering is another factor. Consult a neurologist or physiatrist for workup and treatment. Recovery to a varying degree is possible.
While most recovery from a stroke occurs over the first months, recovery can occur more slowly over months or years, and rehabilitation is a lifelong endeavor. However, recovery can stop at any point along the way, so it is difficult to understand how far an individual stroke survivor will recover. Since no stroke survivor's recovery course is exactly the same as another's, one cannot or should not compare themselves with another stroke survivor. In any case, it is important to remain engaged in your recovery so that you do not lose any of the gains that you have made.
It depends! Factors include the severity of the stroke, time since the stroke happened and quality of rehabilitation post stroke.