The most successful part of using these tools for Mike has been with the hand rehabilitation system. “My arm and hand were unusable when I started. Now my arm function has caught up to the progress I’ve made with my leg and my shoulder doesn’t hurt anymore,” said Mike.
The pain is something that Mike is still working to control with his primary care provider, Dr. Doug Kanis, internal medicine physician with Pella Medical Clinic. He has appointments with Dr. Kanis every 6 – 8 weeks to work on pain control and monitor his ongoing health.
When asked about how long he expected to be rehabilitating from his stroke, Mike responded that he believed this would be a lifelong journey. “I’ve done a lot of research about the recovery process following a stroke. My understanding is that you get most of the function that you will get back within the first 6 months to a year following the event and that seems to be the case with me. It is small gains over weeks and months now instead of gains each day.”