Physical Effects

Spasticity
Brain injury from stroke sometimes causes muscles to involuntarily contract (shorten or flex) when you try to move your limb, creating stiffness and tightness.

Balance
About 40 percent of stroke survivors have serious falls within a year of their stroke.

Toe Curl
Claw toe, and a similar condition called “hammertoe,” are caused by an imbalance of muscles in the feet and toes. Brain injury during a stroke leaves survivors prone to neuromuscular imbalances.

When the Pain Never Goes Away
It’s impossible for someone else to truly comprehend the experience of someone with central pain syndrome (also known as thalamic pain). Most of us simply don’t have a context from which to imagine central pain.

Working on Recovery

Tips for Improving Fine Motor Skills

Strength Training

Physical Effects Resources
Organizations and resources to help persons living with the physical effects of stroke. more