Evaluation of Recovery of Activities of Daily Living in Patients with Sequelae from Cerebral Vascular Disease

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Bulgaria ranks first in the world in incidence, morbidity and death associated with cerebrovascular disease. The aim of the study was to investigate, follow-up and register recovery of activities of daily living (using the toilet and maintaining personal hygiene) in patients with sequelae from cerebrovascular disease in a subacute stage, who underwent physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Sixty-one patients were included and followed up. They were given tailored physiotherapy and rehabilitation. This included kinesitherapy, occupational therapy and electrotherapy. All the patients filled in self-assessment questionnaires before and after the rehabilitation course. Major parameters were assessed, irrespective of the limb affected -dominant or non-dominant. Results were analyzed using the Wilcoxon rank test. At the end of the rehabilitation course, the Wilcoxon curves were driven to the right, confirming improvement concerning independence, irrespective of involvement of dominant or non-dominant limb.

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