In about 10 years the incidence of stroke is going to rise phenomenally, despite stroke prevention strategies, just due to the aging of the population. Stroke rehabilitation is going to be huge, especially once the government realizes that it costs far more to have longer lengths of stay in a stroke unit or, even worse, in a conventional unit, than it does to have early and aggressive occupational, physical and language/speech therapy.
Therapy is cheap compared to hospital stays and studies now confirm that the post-stroke time window for brain repair is optimal for therapeutic intervention at about 5 days post stroke. Do you know how long most people currently wait to get into therapy after stroke? Try a month or more.
So if you are looking for a hot career to invest in, try stroke rehabilitation/therapeutics. And once stem cell technology kicks in, hopefully around the same time, it’s going to be a perfect storm of health care reform. And no, I am not a rehab therapist. Nor do I own stocks in any therapy programs, although perhaps I should look into that. But I did sit through a really insightful seminar at work today.
Yesterday I survived my annual physical examination, and I must say that my physician has been working on his bedside manner in the past year. He didn’t even yell at me for being fat, even though I gained weight this year. Apparently morphing into peri-menopause is an excellent excuse for us fatties.
I still don’t like having a boy doctor though, especially while being violated in the stirrups. Somehow with a girl doctor, you can make jokes about them keeping the speculum in the fridge and such, but with a boy doctor, you just want to close your eyes and think of England.
So when’s your next appointment with the speculum or with the finger?