Stroke rehabilitation program focuses on movement, patients performing the basics


Seventy-four-year-old James Mitchell suffered a hemorrhagic stroke March 2019. He doesn't remember exactly what happened — only that it left him without feeling on his left side.

Mitchell participated in stroke rehabilitation at Adena Health System’s Greenfield Medical Center, which helped him regain some movement, including the ability to move with a walker. Mitchell compared the support to having his own cheerleaders.

“They’re like the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders standing on the side rooting' for me," he said.

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Adena Regional Medical Center is certified as a Primary Stroke Center, which means there is an established protocol for getting the best results for patients and reduce the chances that stroke will disable them.

The Stroke Team includes neurologists, emergency physicians, nurses, social workers, rehabilitation experts, hospitalists and radiology and lab technicians. They also use video conference technology with physicians at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center when a second opinion is needed.

Patients who qualify can get medication at Adena and, if necessary, will be transferred to OSU, where neurosurgery is available.

Any stroke symptom that include sudden numbness or weakness of one side of the face or an arm or leg, difficulty speaking or slurred speech, trouble with balance or coordination needs immediate attention.

Adena Neurologist Mike Jones said it’s also critical to be in touch with your primary care provider to identify risk factors for stroke.

“Whether you have high blood pressure or diabetes or high cholesterol, get those things treated to lower the likelihood of stroke. They will also to give you tips on healthy living.”