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.

PLEASE READ: Before asking your question, please search the questions below or enter a search term in the search box in the top right corner to see if a question similar to yours has already been answered. You can also visit the stroke blog page to find recent updates and questions added to my website. If a similar question has been asked (especially several times), then your question will not be published in order to avoid repetition. Please note that a therapist cannot answer questions such as "Will I get better" or "Can I expect a full recovery". Only questions within the scope of the therapists' knowledge will be answered. Thanks!

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Family Discourages Walking 
Question : My mother had a stroke the end of June and since then has had several weeks of physical therapy. She is able to walk with assistance and I …

Equipment to be more independent 
:Question : My husband had a stroke a month-and-a-half ago. He is still unable to move his left arm. I was wondering if there was any kind of device that …

contraindications of using a one arm drive self propelling wheelchair 
Question : Are there any contraindications to using a self-propelling one arm drive wheelchair to mobilize after a stroke? Does it effect the affected …

botox and massage therapy after a stroke  
I'm a massage therapist and I have a client who had a stroke 2 years ago. She is paralysed on her right side from the arm down. Her wrist is really flexed …

Motivation 
Question : My husband had a stroke 2 years ago. It affected his right side. He walks with a cane and a little without one but can not use his right hand. …

Regaining use of paralyzed arm 
Question : What exercises can a person do to help the reconnection from the brain to the effected body part? Answer : If there is little to no movement, …

Vision Rehab Treatment 
Question : What can be done regarding vision rehab in a stroke patient with homonymous hemianopsia who wants to resume driving again? Thanks, Audrey …

Balance Issues 
Question : I had my stroke in August 2004 and I have regained most of my strength but very little balance control. I walk with a quad cane yet feel like …

pains in her affected leg and arm 
Question : My mum had a stroke 4 weeks ago. Initially her right side including her arm and hand were paralyzed. Also her speech was affected but now her …

FOOT KEEPS GOING ON TO MY ANKLE 
Question : I HAD A MASSIVE STROKE ON MY RIGHT SIDE AS A RESULT OF THAT I STILL CANNOT WALK AND WHEN I DO WALK MY FOOT KEEPS GOING TO MY ANKLE THANK YOU …

PERMANENT DISABILITY 
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 …

weight bearing 
Question :How can I encourage weight bearing on the affected leg? Answer :Weight bearing can be encouraged on the affected leg by shifting weight …

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 …

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 …

Memory Issues After Stroke 
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 …

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 …

Vision Problems and Therapy After Stroke 
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 …

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 …

Loss of Sensation 
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 …

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, …

Difficulty Swallowing 
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 …

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. …

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Massage After Stroke 
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 
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 …

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 …

Insurance and Medicare Reimbursement 
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 …

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 …

surgery to regain use of hand 
Question : I had my stroke 4 years ago and lost the use of my left leg, arm and hand although I am now able to walk a little with the aid of a stick. …

Range Of Motion for Rep for Exercise 
Question :How much of the range of motion for the arm should be used for exercising? Or what do you recommend would count as a good "rep" to be used …

Sensory overload Not rated yet
Question : I've had 2 hemorrhagic basal ganglia strokes 7 weeks ago. I'm in OT and speech therapy and doing well but I can't handle too much stimulus! …

stroke  Not rated yet
Question How do you deal with a 75 year old man who had a severe stroke, who is about 7 yrs old in his brain and he can barely move but runs off every …

Friend of stroke victim with Thalamic Pain Syndrome Not rated yet
Question : I have a friend who had two strokes about 12 yrs ago and has suffered with horrible migraine type pain that he says is 24/7 365 days a year …

Losing Driving Privileges Not rated yet
Question :How do I tell a very independent brother that he can't drive anymore or fly his plane anymore due to stroke and cognitive changes in his brain. …

Not eating Not rated yet
Question : My mother had a left brain stroke with aphasia 2 1/2 months ago. She has her mobility and still attends speech and language therapy, however, …

Good hand 3 years post his stroke is getting very weak. Not rated yet
Question : My father is having a hard time pulling himself up out of his wheelchair. His good hand keeps getting weaker. A number of his doctors say they …

communication following stroke  Not rated yet
Question : Hi my father suffered with a small stroke 1 year ago followed by a few Tia's. The stroke mainly affected his speech and cognitive thought . …

Again!?  Not rated yet
Question : Can I get a stoke on the same side again? My left side was affected, but I keep getting a tingling feeling on my face too, so I don't know …

Stroke  Not rated yet
Question : My daughter who is 48 had a stroke 6 weeks ago. It has affected her speech only slightly, but now everything seems to be getting to her. She …

Stroke Not rated yet
Question : A friend of mine had a stroke. He could talk for days after the stroke, but now he can't. Why? Answer : This would be a question for his …

what happens after the 100 days? Not rated yet
Question : My father, 84, had a left side stroke which left the right side of his entire body paralyzed to some degree. He has trouble swallowing, is …

How do I get the arm functioning again, gravity is a problem Not rated yet
Question : How do I get the arm functioning again? Gravity is a problem. Answer : There are various devices you can use to help support the weight …

Left hand is cold my father says after he had a mild light stroke, what can he do? Not rated yet
Question : Dad is in his early eighties, never sick, and had a light to mild stroke. He is now doing fairly well, really good the Dr.said, and he spent …

Tunnel vision from stroke Not rated yet
Question : My husband suffered a stroke that only effected his eye sight. It left him with tunnel vision. He says he can see everything upward but out …

Rehab from hip surgery on stroke side Not rated yet
Question : I had a hemorrhagic stroke Oct 2015 and had labral hip surgery on my stroke side April 2016. The surgeon says the surgery was successful on …

Stroke on Right Side of Brain and Personality Change Not rated yet
Question :I have a friend who is 47 and suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke to the right side of his brain. He is currently recovering and I have noticed …

After a stroke I have pain at the side of my foot when trying to walk Not rated yet
Question : When walking, my feet seem to curl making me land on the side of my feet. Will an AFO help? Answer : It won't get rid of pain, but an …

Is it Not rated yet
Question :Is it possible to improve visual field after five years of glaucoma and a stroke? My optic nerve had a considerable damage before the stroke …

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Dropfoot Not rated yet
Question : What do I with drop foot? I' m not comfortable wearing an AFO, Walkaid is expensive. Answer : There are various braces and straps that …

Occupational And Physical Therapy Not rated yet
Question :Is it common practice for both Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy to be performed simultaneously? (ie. two therapists working on the …

Mini Stroke in the elderly.  Not rated yet
Question : My Mum-in-law had a mini stroke 5 weeks ago, She is recovering slowly and her speech is coming back. She is 87yrs of age. She says she feels …

Muscle contractions Not rated yet
Question : I had a stroke 5 years ago at the age of 46 with weakness on the right side. My arm has some movement but I still can not pick up objects. …

Lethargic, tired, drowsy. Not rated yet
Question : I had a minor stroke 3 months ago. It affected my speech. I recuperated most of it. I still feel lethargic, tired, drowsy some days more and …

Any devices to recommend for communication  Not rated yet
Question :My father-in-law had a major stroke 19 years ago. He has basically lost speech. He is an amazingly intelligent person, reads still nonstop but …

Returning to pre-stroke fitness level Not rated yet
Question : I am a 25 year old stroke survivor at the one month anniversary of my stroke and AVM surgery. My recovery was a miracle and I regained function …

Depressed Mother of a 26 year old. Not rated yet
Question : My daughter suffered a brain aneurysm 4 years ago the worst time in my life. From one min of being a normal 21 year old working, driving living …

Help for my son after two massive strokes age 40 Not rated yet
Question : Where can I find shoes for my son that his right side is paralyzed? Where can I find help for him for his memory loss, reading, writing and …

Hand Swelling Not rated yet
Question :My fingers are swollen. What do I do about it? It swelled about 4 weeks after my stroke. I've had x-rays and they said there was nothing to …

Electrical muscle stimulation  Not rated yet
Question : My husband has no movement in his left arm or hand after suffering a stroke in March of this year. We are thinking of purchasing a muscle stimulator. …

Lifting a patient with left side neglect Not rated yet
Question : My mother and 86 year old retired nurse midwife had a right hemisphere stroke and is now in rehab. I have seen numerous nurses and CNA care …

Walking challenges Not rated yet
Question : I suffered a stroke 5 years ago. I had a heart transplant 3 years ago and did my rehab post-transplant. After a year I was released as functional …

Recurrence of stroke effects Not rated yet
Question : In the 3 and 1/2 years since my husband had a severe left side affected stroke, he has had an annual recurrence necessitating a hospital stay …

Hemiparesis Exercise Program Not rated yet
Question : I have a left hemiparesis from an embolic stroke in 1998. My arm is completely paralyzed but I can walk with a quad cane or hemi walker. My …

How to swim with a weak right leg as a result of a stroke 4 years ago Not rated yet
Question : How can I swim laps with a weak right leg as a result of stroke? I'm thinking about using right leg floaty to reduce the drag from that leg? …

Problems with numbers and time spans Not rated yet
Question : My husband's stroke was five months ago. He has lost the use of his left side and is unable to swallow. I was relieved that his memory and …

Word Recall Not rated yet
Question : My mom had a small stroke last fall, and it affected her word recall, especially under stress. Her conversation is normal, but she cannot …

Knee weakness after a stroke Not rated yet
Question : I had a stroke eight year ago, was paralyzed on my right side which resolved after the better part of a year. I was left with this residual …

sensory re-education timing Not rated yet
Question :Hello! I was wondering about the timing for sensory re-education. My client has a lot of flexor tone in his right arm with contractures. …

Getting into Rehab Not rated yet
Question : My husband had mini strokes, and his right side is weak, who do I talk to or call so I can get him into therapy? Answer : He would need …

Baby sling Not rated yet
Question : I had a stroke in 2014- My arm has not really returned. My daughter is adopting two infants and I want to be able to hold them. What sling …

Apathy - How To Treat? Not rated yet
Question : My wife had her 2nd left side stroke 2 1/2 years ago. She has lost about 50 lbs and has almost no interest in eating. She is content to sit …

what should I be doing around the house for my paralyzed mother Not rated yet
Question : I'm 13 years old and my mom Debbie had 2 strokes when I was 8 months old. I have been doing everything a mother should be doing ever since …

about the causes of flaccidity in CVA Not rated yet
Question : As CVA is upper motor neuron lesion then why does flaccidity appear first before spasticity? Answer : It would be best to ask this question …

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recumbent bike  Not rated yet
Question : I had a stroke Oct 3, 2015. I am regaining use of my left side. I bought a recumbent bike but the pedals are too small to work. My left knee …

Hardened Knees Not rated yet
Question : My mom had stroke for almost 2 years now but few months ago she suffered from sepsis.She hasn't been on a therapy for a year now. I think …

MOM'S RECOVERY IS INCONSISTENT IS THAT NORMAL? Not rated yet
Question : Hello, my mom is 73 years old and this is her second stroke. Her first stroke was in 2011. The doctor called it a speech stroke. h]Her mobility …

15 Months later? Not rated yet
Question : My sister now 58 had a stroke 15 months ago she could not move her left side of her body. She was in therapy for only 3 weeks because that …

rehab Not rated yet
Question : My husband of 62 suffered a right mca stroke - he has been an active science teacher up until november 20, 2015. We have been fighting with …

possible mental issues Not rated yet
Question : Ten days ago my father had a brain stroke. Three days after the stroke he opened his eyes. Five days after the stroke he began moving his left …

Remember problem after mild stroke  Not rated yet
Question : Recently my mother had a mild stroke. She recovered soon after the stroke. She was paralyzed on her left side which was cured by physiotherapy(80%), …

Splinting the flaccid hand in the acute phase Not rated yet
Question : What is your opinion regarding splinting the flaccid hand in the acute phase post-stroke. Is it advisable to prevent spasticity of the intrinsics …

strength exercises to get up from a sitting postion Not rated yet
Question : I had a stroke over a year and a half ago. I am still not able to get up from a chair if its too low. I am able to get up from my bed and a …

The length of walking for a stroke patient Not rated yet
Question : I am taking care of a lady who had a very massive stroke on her left side. This man who teaches, not a physical therapist, comes in to give …

DIY Walking Not rated yet
Question : As I understand it, it's hemi walker, bad foot, good foot to walk straight. I've got that.if you need to go sideways to the right and the right …

My husband had a stroke three weeks ago Not rated yet
Question : My husband had a stroke three weeks ago and his left arm has feeling but he is not able to move his arm too well. He said that it is too heavy. …

Is there a doctor somewhere who can help? Not rated yet
Question : My wife suffered a stroke 3 years ago and lost the use of her right side but a lot has come back except for the movement below the right elbow …

Subluxation prevention Trays in sitting position Not rated yet
Question :What is the best lap or half trays out there for a flaccid arm? Thanks. Answer : I'm not sure there is a best tray. I think it all depends …

Exercise fit bit Not rated yet
Question : Before my stroke 4 years ago, I was going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week. I often wore a fit bit on other days. After my stroke, my walking …

speech setback Not rated yet
Question : My friend had a stroke a few months back and has been doing great. At the beginning, she had a terrible time talking. With nonstop speech therapy, …

improve left visual field Not rated yet
Question : I have a left visual field deficit following a hemorrhagic stroke on the right side What can I do to reduce the deficit? Ray Answer :If …

when should a stroke patient walk with a cane or without a cane Not rated yet
Question : My brother suffered from a hemorraghic stroke 3 months ago. He currently can walk with the walker, but we want to know when he can walk without …

What to do? Not rated yet
Question :My 87 year old Mother had a servere left brain stroke three months ago. She lost her ability to walk, talk, and eat. She was very active up …

Foot and Ankle Swelling Not rated yet
Question : My husband had a hemorrhagic left brain stroke nine years ago. He is in good physical health otherwise and gets around using his cane. His …

Hemiplegia on right side seeking one to one personal training Not rated yet
Question :I am a Personal Trainer and have had a young woman approach me in gym asking if she could train one on one with me. She has minimal grip …

Sensation Not rated yet
Question : I need to know what it means when someone who had a stroke that affected the use of her left side then weeks later recovered use of most parts …

Getting Worse Not Better After Stroke Not rated yet
Question : My aunt exercised every day. She eats right does not drink or smoke. When she had her first stroke, she was able to reach the hospital in time …

Semi-paralysis of mouth muscles Not rated yet
Question : What can an elderly eat after having a stroke that semi-paralyzed his left mouth muscles? Answer : I recommend having an evaluation by …

difference between flaccidity and hypotonia  Not rated yet
Good Evening, Question : My question is if there is a difference between flaccidity and hypotonia or not? In my point of view, there is a difference …

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Walking pace Not rated yet
Question : Hello, my brother-in-law aged 43 suffered a stroke 7 months ago. He has been walking with a single stick support, but his pace of walking has …

Stroke Recovery Not rated yet
Question : My sister had a stroke 3 yrs ago. Her left side (arm and leg) are paralyzed. She was on the floor for 3 days before she was discovered. She …

Hemiparesis Not rated yet
Question : My stepfather had a stroke March 12,2014. He didn't receive help for 5hrs. He was in a medically induced coma for 10 day and lost his speech …

Is the tush push a tool covered by insurance for patients with broken bones? Not rated yet
Question : My 80 year old mother broke her collar bone, two ribs, and her fibula and tibula. She can't bear any weight on her right side. We can't afford …

numbness in my leg Not rated yet
Question : I had a stroke 3 years ago that left me with mild numbness in my leg. It seems to be getting worse. I'm going to a physio at the moment who …

Pain After Stroke Not rated yet
Why is my father having pain on the side he lost strength from? His stroke was 3 years ago he says he feels pain on his left leg and also on his left side …

4-5 yrs later Not rated yet
Question : I had a stroke about 4-5 years ago and haven't been to therapy in more than two years. Balance is very poor. Can balance exercises help? It …

weakness and memory loss Not rated yet
Question : My father had a left brain stroke 11 years ago that left him semi-paralyzed on the right side and unable to walk properly or hold a pen Recently, …

uninhibited Not rated yet
Question My mother-in-law had a stroke over a year ago, and we, her children, have all taken turns watching her. The problem is that she has turned vulgar. …

Stroke Deformities Not rated yet
Question : My patient is having external rotator deformity in the left leg. She had a stroke three years ago with upper limb spastic deformity. Please …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Cannot release weak hand 3yrs after stroke. Help. Not rated yet
Question I had a stroke 3yrs ago and I still can't release my my left /weak hand . Is there any hope that I will be able to operate my hand functionally …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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. …

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 …

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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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