How a Stroke Can Affect Movement
Many people who have experienced a stroke have trouble walking and moving afterwards. Typically, the aftermath of a stroke can lead to damaged parts of the brain, ultimately impacting the coordination between the brain and the body. What are some issues you should expect after experiencing a stroke?
Weak muscles are a common after affect when it comes to strokes. This means, an individual can experience weakness in only a small part of their body or they can experience a much more severe version where their entire body can be influenced. Ultimately leading to complete loss in muscle movement.
Stiffness of Muscles
This is also known as spasticity. “Spasticity is a condition in which certain muscles are continuously contracted. This contraction causes stiffness or tightness of the muscles and can interfere with normal movement, speech and gait” – American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Common symptoms may include fist clenching at all times, having an arm pressed against your chest at all times, and more.
Foot drop is when you cannot lift up your feet up to properly walk. Because the muscles in your feet are so weak, they usually dangle downwards making it impossible to properly use them for movements such as walking or running.
Professional help is the key to recovery. Receiving assistance and learning the best exercises for your situation from professionals such as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, and/or rehabilitation nurses will help ensure your recovery journey goes as smoothly as possible. These professionals will provide well-educated advice and suggest tools and devices that will best suit your needs. At Kawartha Prosthetics and Orthotics, we truly believe that this is the most ideal solution after a stroke.
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