The continuous increase in life expectancy due to a fall in mortality rates over recent decades, mainly in more developed countries, has major social and healthcare consequences. Notable amongst these is the relative increase in the numbers of elderly people and the changing pattern of disease with a predominance of chronic illnesses and the disabilities associated with them. With the increase in life expectancy, disability and dependency also increases, especially in those elderly people who have survived a stroke.
According to data from the Spanish Society of Neurology (SEN), strokes rank among the leading causes of disability and dependency in elderly adults as those affected may lose their independence and functionality to various degrees. It is also one of the main causes of time off work.
For this reason, it is important that physiotherapists continuously keep themselves up-to-date so they can offer patients the latest trends in respect of physiotherapeutic treatment for strokes leading to these patients achieving the maximum possible level of autonomy.
- Present the latest updates in neurological physiotherapy, based on scientific evidence, for patients who have suffered a stroke.
- Review theoretical concepts.
- Be able to apply theoretical concepts to clinical practice