Xarelto is a blood-thinning drug similar to Pradaxa, which is used to reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (afib). Unfortunately, Xarelto users have reported serous side effects including internal bleeding events for which there is no treatment. Additionally, Xarelto came to market in November 2011 with a black box warning stating that sudden discontinuation of the drug increases a patient’s risk of having a stroke.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by Xarelto side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
How Do I Recover from a Stroke?
The goal of stroke recovery is to help the patient regain skills they lost when the stroke affected part of their brain. Stroke rehabilitation can help a patient regain independence and dramatically improve their quality of life.
The severity of complications and ability to recover lost abilities varies greatly from patient to patient. Studies have shown that the central nervous system (CNS) is remarkably adaptive and can recover a number of functions lost to a stroke. They also have found that it is necessary to keep practicing regained skills in order to keep them.
What’s Involved in Rehabilitation?
There are a number of different approaches to stroke recovery. Behavioral performance in any area (i.e. sensory-motor or cognitive function) has the greatest chance to improve when motor activity is willful, repetitive and task specific. Stroke rehabilitation may include some or all of the following activities:
- Strengthening motor skills – Involves using exercises to increase the patient’s muscle strength and coordination.
- Mobility Training – May include learning to use a walker, cane, crutches, or plastic brace while the patient re-learns how to walk.
- Constraint-induced therapy – Involves restricting use of the healthy arm while the patient practices moving the injured arm to improve its function.
- Range-of-motion therapy – Uses exercises to help relieve muscle tension and regain range of motion.
Cognitive and Emotional Therapies:
- Therapy for communication disorders – Helps the patient regain lost abilities in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- Psychological evaluation – Involves testing the patient’s cognitive skills and emotional adjustment. Treatment may include counseling with a mental health professional or enrolling in support groups.
- Prescription drugs – Used to treat depression in stroke patients. Drugs that affect movement may also be prescribed.
- Biological therapies – Stem cell therapy is being investigated and shows great potential, but should only be used during clinical trials.
- Alternative treatments – Massage, herbal therapy and acupuncture may all help in the stroke rehabilitation process.
When Should Recovery Begin?
The sooner a patient begins the recovery process, the more likely they are to regain lost abilities and skills. However, the 1st priority is to stabilize their medical condition and limit the severity of complications. It’s common for stroke rehabilitation to start within a day or two after the stroke, during the patient’s hospital stay. If medical problems continue, rehabilitation may have to wait until these issues clear up.
Do I Have a Xarelto Stroke Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Xarelto Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new stroke cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by Xarelto side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a class action and our lawyers can help.