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How is localized pain after a stroke treated?

Local pain after a stroke results from the unusual positioning of a joint due to muscle tightness or stiffness that is common in stroke survivors. It frequently occurs in the shoulder. Treatment of local pain is fairly straightforward, and may involve simple exercises, the use of a sling or armrest to support a weakened arm, strategic positioning of a weakened or paralyzed arm or leg, or cortisone injections to reduce swelling. More severe or unrelenting local pain can be treated with electrical stimulation. Electrical currents may improve muscle tone and strength by stimulating nerve and muscle fibers. This could, in turn, reduce pain.

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