Ask the Therapist Your Stroke Questions

Many times patients and caregivers have questions about stroke rehabilitation. Get your stroke questions answered here! Maybe you have already been discharged from therapy and do not have access to a rehabilitation therapist. Maybe you want to get a therapist's opinion. Maybe you could not afford therapy in the first place and are looking for rehab information. As an occupational therapist with over 13 years of experience in stroke rehabilitation, I am able to answer your questions or find the answer from other therapists and sources.

Submit your questions below regarding stroke rehabilitation. Any questions that are duplicated will not be answered twice. Please check the tabs on the left side of the page to see if there are topics that cover your question. I personally recommend viewing the questions below, searching this website, and reviewing the resources and stroke rehab exercises tabs prior to submitting a question as you may find your question has already been answered. Thank you for your help with this as it can be very time consuming answering questions especially those that are asked repeatedly. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please feel free to submit your question! If I do not have the answer you need, I will try to direct you to resources where you can get an answer.

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Submit your stroke rehab related questions, and a rehab therapist will provide you with answers or site sources where you can find answers. Please note that answers provided on this website are for informational purposes only and are not professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or care, nor are intended to be a substitute. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider concerning questions you have regarding your health or a loved one's health concerns.

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Memory issues 
Question : My mother is recovering from stroke. She can walk now but has trouble keeping her balance and has a lot of memory related issues. From what …

2 years after my husbands stroke and he is worse not better 
Question : After my husbands stroke he had 3 sessions of physical therapy which was not enough , then developed a C Diff infection which took 5 months …

Sleeping 
Question: I had a stroke two years ago, after my doctor had taken me of Warfarin for A/F. I have been unable to get sleep, as I used to be able to sleep …

Emotional and Mental Issues After Stroke 
Question : My mom had a stroke in August 2013 it affected her right side. She has all her mobility back but tires easily, this is nothing new. On the …

Foot Pain After Stroke 
Question: Earlier this year (1/7/2012), I suffered an ischemic stroke in the right side of my brain; however, a small portion of my left side was also …

Hopelessness After Stroke 
Question : It has been a month since my mother in law suffered a stroke ... we have a day night nurse plus a helper for her and one of the best physio …

Equipment for Stroke Patients 
Question: I am the sole caregiver for my wife. I am 77 years old and fit, but had a heart attack about 8 years ago. My wife is hemiplegic (right side …

Brain Training 
Question :My mum has had a mild stroke. She is just forgetting things like what comes after Monday, times of the day, etc. We are trying to help her relearn, …

Flaccid Paralysis Treatment in Stroke 
Question: What is the treatment protocol for flaccid stage of stroke? How long does this flaccid stage usually remain? Answer: There is no set …

Stroke Hand Rehab 
Question: Hello, thanks for your website. It has been eighteen months since my stroke, at age 50 years, which left my left arm and leg without movement. …

Stroke Recovery 
How do you improve patient's hand, fingers, and leg movement? Please tell me some exercises for my mother. Thanks. Answer : If your mother already …

Shoulder Subluxation After Stroke 
Question : What can you do if your shoulder has dropped out of its socket after a stroke? Answer : Shoulder subluxation is a common occurence after …

Post Stroke Priority? 
Question : If one had a stroke one week ago and had previous heart conditions, is not able to swallow, is having heart edema, and is very weak, is it …

Left Side Neglect Due to Right Parietal Hemorrhagic Stroke Not rated yet
Question : During inpatient speech therapy my husband was given written exercises to help him visually scan the left side. He has left sided neglect. …

Is it safe for my husband to receive sports massage therapy? Not rated yet
Question : My husband had a stroke over 2 years ago resulting in loss of speech and movement down his right side. He has a peg in his stomach. He can …

Electrical stimulation Not rated yet
Question : Mom 72, suffered a severe stroke in n the right side leaving the left paralyzed. While at the first facility she received electrical stimulation …

One handed fishing Not rated yet
Question : I only have use of right hand, & grew up fishing. I've completed rehab, its been 22 months since accident. I found a "stroke victims" fishing …

spasticity problems plus much more Not rated yet
Question : My friend, Kerri-Anne, has what she refers to as "blobs" on the hypothalamus. She had a massive bleed about 10 years ago. It left her with …

OA Knee with hemiparesis Not rated yet
Question: : Unfortunately, one of my patients suffered left hemiparesis along with severe bilateral OA in the knee. When we do rehab, because of severe …

Subluxed Arm and Kinesiology tape Not rated yet
Question : Is the use of Kinesiology tape helpful and will it over time help reconnect the muscles and shoulder areas? Answer : The muscles don't …

Stroke Rehabilitation Help Not rated yet
Question : Hello, my gran had a stroke 2 weeks ago, and has been in the hospital ever since. She has been left in bed all day, and they have not even …

Memory and Emotional Problems Not rated yet
Question : My husband had his 7th stroke recently, and he has emotional and memory problems. He is on Ativan .05mg 2 x a day. He seems to have confusion …

leg muscle tightness without loss of movement Not rated yet
Question :I experienced a mild CVA two years ago, affecting a 7mm spot in my brain, according to my MRI. Fortunately, it only affected the sensations …

Reaching and Releasing Not rated yet
Question : I would like to thank you for your informative website. I am currently working with a patient who is about 4 months post a stroke. This is …

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PERMANENT DISABILITY Not rated yet
Question :MY BOYFRIEND, AT AGE 47 SUFFERED A HEMORRHAGIC STROKE A YEAR AGO. AFTER BEING STABILIZED HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO NYU LAGONE WHERE HE RECEIVED …

Stroke and exercise Not rated yet
Question : My mom had a stroke about 3 months ago that affected her left side. With no posture/balance, its hard for her to keep good posture without …

Shoulder Subluxation and Weight Bearing Not rated yet
Question : Can you do weight bearing on a flaccid arm with shoulder subluxation? Answer: One should always check with their therapist regarding questions …

Stroke Aphasia Not rated yet
Question : If you had a mid-cerebral artery stroke, does aphasia get worse and also what is the most amount of time you have seen the "light" come back …

weight bearing Not rated yet
Question :How can I encourage weight bearing on the affected leg? Answer :Weight bearing can be encouraged on the affected leg by shifting weight …

Rebuilding left side motor skills? Not rated yet
Question : Hi, my dad had a stroke on 1/20/14. He is doing okay but the question is he has difficulty with his left side. He has strength, however, it …

Writing Difficulties After Stroke Not rated yet
Question : A mild stroke has occurred with speech impairment only as well as being unable to write legibly. How does brain to hand coordination come about? …

Stroke Support Group Not rated yet
Question : My husband had a stroke 3 yrs ago. He says his mind is making him angry, and he doesn't want to do anything, talks about ending life. He …

spasticity over time Not rated yet
Question : I am a 44 year old stroke survivor. I am 4.5 years post stroke. I can walk pretty well, but my gait is a bit 'off' because of spasticity …

Standard wheelchair without large back wheels Not rated yet
Question : Is there a standard size wheelchair that my husband can propel with his feet & possibly his right hand? Someone gave us an adult size wheelchair …

management problems Not rated yet
Question : In the case of hemiparesis or hemiplegia with either stronger upper limb or lower limb, what is done? Answer : Hemiparesis is muscle weakness …

After minor stroke Not rated yet
Question : What do you do if after a 'minor' stroke, the victim continues to feel numbness on/off in affected area - leg in this case? And also speech …

Eating Difficulties Not rated yet
Question : What food should the stroke victim never eat? Answer : Some people who have had stroke have other diseases or complications that would …

Mom lives over seas - 2 strokes within 1 year. Not rated yet
Question : My mother is 79 years old, diagnosed by-polar over 30 years ago and lives in Portugal with my father. She has a healthy diet, has lost weight …

Rehab Frequency  Not rated yet
Question How many times a week should you train and why? Answer : The American Heart Association recommends: 3-7 days of aerobic exercise for 20-60 …

Drug & Alcohol abuse after Stroke Not rated yet
Question : My friend had a stroke In April of 2013. She did not attend therapy or rehab after stroke. She got back into drinking, smoking and doing Meth. …

Why Can't I find Neuroplasticity Information in Israel? Not rated yet
Question : Hi, there is very interesting information here, but it is also sad because I cannot find anything in Hebrew. That means no one in Israel is …

Symptoms Getting Worse After Stroke Not rated yet
Question : I had a stroke in October 2011. I lost all feeling on my right side. Over time I eventually learned to walk and my muscles would always tense …

Memory Issues After Stroke Not rated yet
Question : My mum had a stroke in the last 2 days but does not recognize my dad. Is this common? Answer : It is not uncommon for someone to be confused …

Vision Problems and Therapy After Stroke Not rated yet
Question: My sister had a stroke and is now seeing double and it is making her sick to her stomach. Her doctors told her there is nothing she can do for …

Speech Therapy and Stroke Not rated yet
Question Hello, my dear friend had a stroke a year ago last December. Unfortunately her husband and she had fallen upon severe financial distress before …

Loss of Sensation Not rated yet
Question: How normal is it to lose the sense of heat and cold on the side of the stroke? My partner cannot determine hot things at all. What can I do …

Bladder Incontinence Not rated yet
Question : My father attacked with stroke and currently not in control of urine.He says he doesn't know the urine is coming until it comes. Answer …

Denial After Stroke Not rated yet
Question : My husband has paralysis on the left of his body. He denies this and keeps thinking he can come home as he is ok. Every day I have to tell …

Stroke Fatigue Not rated yet
Question : Last April, I had 3 strokes. I have all my faculties with the exception that I feel good for a day or two then it's like the bottom falls …

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Spasticity and Stroke Not rated yet
Question: Over the last four years I've had several strokes. Due to this I have spasticity in my legs that prevents me from walking any distance at all. …

Difficulty Swallowing Not rated yet
Question: If the patient has a nasogastric tube, how do we assess that the patient is ready for oral feeding? Answer: The patient can be evaluated …

Massage After Stroke Not rated yet
Question: Is it okay to massage shortly after a stroke? (1 week). Is there a risk of another stroke happening? Answer: Massage can be beneficial …

Sleeping Disorders After Stroke Not rated yet
Please help me in my endeavor to help my brother who suffered a massive stroke five yrs ago. He immediately received therapy and was doing great. He …

Flying After Stroke Not rated yet
Question: How soon after having a stroke can you fly? My fiance is in Hong Kong on business and had a stroke and I was wondering how long before she …

Balance Problems Not rated yet
Question: My mother had a stroke. Can you please give me some advice as her balance has been affected, and she feels like she is falling. What could …

Insurance and Medicare Reimbursement Not rated yet
Question: My mom had a brain stem stroke 3 months ago. She has a trach, feeding tube, and catheter. Last month she began getting a small amount of movement …

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Some other websites that provide answer to patient's questions about stroke include:

www.caring.com/ask/stroke-questions - questions about stroke with expert answers

www.justanswer.com - questions about stroke with expert answers

www.asktheneurologist.com/forum.html - forum where questions can be asked of experts or patients with similar conditions.



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