Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. Although strokes cause some irreversible damage to the brain, Steve Best, MD, has found success restoring the tissue around the damaged area with hyperbaric and perispinal etanercept treatments. These targeted stroke treatments can help restore your cognitive and motor abilities. Visit The Neuroscience Center in Deerfield, Illinois, to learn about Dr. Best’s state-of-the-art stroke recovery options

Stroke Q & A

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What is a stroke?

A stroke is a brain injury that happens after blood flow is cut off to part of the brain. Without oxygen, brain cells start to die, including cells responsible for movement and memory. Some people recover fully after a stroke, while others suffer paralysis and speech impairments. Strokes are classified by their cause into two categories:

Hemorrhagic stroke

Hemorrhage in the brain from a burst aneurysm or leaking blood vessel causes a hemorrhagic stroke. This type of stroke is less common than an ischemic stroke but more likely to be fatal.

Ischemic stroke

During an ischemic stroke, a blood clot blocks blood flow to the brain. The oxygen deprivation during the event damages the brain.

How do I recover after a stroke?

Recovery depends on the part of the brain affected and the extent of the damage. The brain has a remarkable ability to recover or rewire so you can relearn tasks. That’s why rehabilitation to regain function is a crucial part of recovery.

Recovery is a lifelong process as you incorporate lifestyle changes into your day-to-day life. You may have to take medication to control your risk factors and prevent another stroke. You may also want to create a network of support around you including healthcare providers, caretakers, friends, family, therapists, and other stroke survivors. Dr. Best is available to facilitate additional support during your recovery.

What treatments do you offer for stroke?

The brain has an uncanny ability to “fix” or work around damage caused by a stroke, especially with the help of etanercept injections and hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

Perispinal etanercept injections

By injecting etanercept in the spine, Dr. Best sends the anti-inflammatory substance throughout the central nervous system, including the brain. By taming the swelling and oxygenating the brain in the hyperbaric chamber at the same time, Dr. Best has seen exceptional improvements in stroke patients.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

The hyperbaric chamber increases atmospheric pressure and delivers 100% oxygen, so your lungs can absorb and distribute more oxygen. As the body transports oxygen to the brain, it helps repair the viable tissue around the damaged area. Reoxygenation brings this dormant tissue back to life. The regenerated neurons eventually reconnect to the rest of the brain, restoring function.

If you haven’t fully recovered from your stroke, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Best to discuss recovery treatments.



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