So, how long does stroke recovery take?
Most doctors will beat around the bush with this answer because every stroke recovery is different, and every recovery will take a different amount of time.
We, however, aren’t as shy.
Just because every stroke is different doesn’t mean that we can’t talk about patterns that you may or may not experience.
So, to help shed some light on this pressing question, let’s dig into some patterns that we’ve noticed among stroke survivors.
You may or may not fall into these timelines, but it’s good to be aware of the patterns.
Recovery 1 Month Post-Stroke
One month after a stroke, your motor function will start to improve as you continue to participate in different therapies to treat the side effects of your stroke.
One clinical study confirmed that that recovery is fastest in the first few weeks after stroke, but it also continues well beyond this phase – as you’ll see in the following sections.
Recovery 3 Months Post-Stroke
The first three months after stroke are when major strides in motor recovery occur (if you’ve been diligent about your rehab exercise).
You can still see major improvements later down the line as the plateau effect is absolutely not a stop sign and recovery can happen whenever you put your mind to it.
However, it is common for major gains to happen during the first 3 months after stroke.
Recovery 6 Months Post-Stroke
Six months post-stroke, patterns start to fade and stroke recovery become contingent upon your individual effort.
However, we found one study that reported small but significant improvement can occur between the 3-6 month mark post-stroke for motor function and cognition.
In other words, it’s been half a year since your stroke, and there’s still really good reason to keep going!
Recovery 1 Year Post-Stroke
At this point, patterns become almost nonexistent.
One study confirmed that recovery beyond 6 months is detectable as motor recovery continues to improve and social participation increases (which can help with recovery).
While regimens become hard to stick to at this point, there is still room for success!
Recovery 20 Years Post-Stroke
If you thought we made a typo, think again.
We’re not talking about recovery 2 years post-stroke – we’re talking about two decades post-stroke.
You see, as long as you’re putting effort into your rehabilitation, you’ll see results.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve taken a 2 week break or a 20 year break – when you start working on your recovery, you will see results.
Some important things to read up on are:
- Why the plateau effect does not exist — so never give up!
- How the nocebo effect might be holding you back
- How to achieve a full recovery after stroke
Those articles explain why we’re so confident in your recovery.
How long has your recovery been progressing? Does it match up with these patterns we’ve found? Leave us a comment in the section below and we’ll be sure to get back to you!