How To Diagnose and Treat Aphasia?

Diagnosis

You will be likely given a physical and a neurological exam to test your strength, feeling and reflexes. You doctor may also listen to your heart and the vessels in your neck. To quickly identify the causes, an imaging test, usually an MRI, is likely requested.

The following abilities will be assessed:

  • Name common objects
  • Engage in a conversation
  • Understand and use words correctly
  • Answer questions about something read or heard
  • Repeat words and sentences
  • Follow instructions
  • Answer yes-no questions and respond to open-ended questions about common subjects
  • Read and write

Treatment

If the condition is not severe, you can get recovered without treatment. People can get speech and language therapy to rehabilitate their language skills and supplement their communication experiences.

Treatments include:

  • Speech and language rehabilitation, in which therapy tries to improve the person who gets aphasia’s ability to communicate by restoring as much language as possible, teaching how to compensate for lost language skills and finding other methods of communicating. However, few people regain full pre-injury communication levels. The therapy should start as soon as possible after the brain injury. It often works in groups and may include use of computers.
  • Medications include drugs that may improve blood flow to the brain, enhance the brain’s recovery ability or help replace depleted chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters).
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