What muscle or movement control problems are common after a stroke?

Much depends on which side of the brain was affected, how much damage was done and your general health.

Post-stroke impairments include a lack of muscle control or weakness, usually on one side of the body. You may have trouble walking, grabbing objects or performing other daily tasks. You might also have muscle stiffness, joint pain or muscle spasms that make everyday functioning more challenging. Problems can arise with swallowing and eating as well.

Impairments can also include pain, numbness or tingling in arms and legs. Your ability to feel hot and cold sensations could also be affected.

After a stroke it is common for patients to have trouble with balance and walking; paralysis or difficulty working muscles, especially on one side (opposite from the side of the brain affected by the stroke); difficulty talking or swallowing because of muscle control in the throat and mouth; and bladder and bowel control. Physical therapy consisting of special exercises will be prescribed to help increase movement control.

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Effects of Stroke

Effects of Stroke

A stroke can leave someone disabled or even cause death if not treated in time. Complications may depend on the type of stroke, but brain damage is likely to occur because the blood supply to the brain has been interrupted. Some e...

ffects of stroke include difficulty communicating, memory loss, paralysis, difficulty walking, seizures, urinary tract infections and bladder control issues, depression and increased risk of another stroke. To reduce damage, getting a stroke victim help as soon as possible is key. Doctors will treat based on the type of stroke, hemorrhagic or ischemic. Learn more about the permanent and temporary effects of stroke with expert advice from Sharecare.

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