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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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 …

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 …

MENTAL ISSUES 
Sis is 60 years old and had a stroke 6 weeks ago. She is mobile and has most normal body functions, but weak and slurs her speech and might use the word …

How to deal with Crying after a strike 
Question: Is there something I can do to keep my mother who has had two strokes left side for crying all the time? My mother has had two strokes …

depression  
Question : What to do for my husbands depression post stroke after 1 yr . He takes cymbalta 2xs a day already . What else can he take and what else can …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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%), …

Regaining use of paralyzed arm Not rated yet
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, …

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 …

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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 …

Vision Rehab Treatment Not rated yet
Question : What can be done regarding vision rehab in a stroke patient with homonymous hemianopsia who wants to resume driving again? Thanks, Audrey …

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 …

Aphasia but Intelligent Not rated yet
Question :My mom, 73, had a both kinds of stroke almost 2 years ago resulting in right side paralysis, some apraxia and aphasia. She went from working …

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 …

pains in her affected leg and arm Not rated yet
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 …

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 …

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 …

Extensor tone Not rated yet
Question : I was told I have extensor tone, but I'm confused as to what that is. Does it mean that when I extend my fingers there is tone or does it mean …

Spasticity Not rated yet
Question : I have spasticity in right arm and when I walk my elbow does nor want to lie straight. My right hand the index finger does not flex however …

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 …

Emotions long after stroke? Not rated yet
Question : I had a stroke 4 years ago almost to the day. I am more emotional now than ever. It seems to be a good thing, but I find myself crying at …

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 …

Deterioration in speech 10 months post stroke Not rated yet
Question : My husband had a major hemorrhagic stroke 10 months ago. His right side was paralyzed and he lost speech and swallowing ability. He made good …

Pain 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 …

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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 …

Lacking Determination Not rated yet
Question : It has been a year since my mom had her 2nd attack, and until now she is still unable to walk and talk. My mom has some other issues as well. …

Speech Therapy  Not rated yet
Question :My father had a stroke 2 weeks ago. He is currently in a rehab center and is making progress, but he is hating the place with a passion because …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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