Affected hand still not functioning after 1.5 years post-stroke
Question: My mother had a massive stroke last may 2019 on the left side of her brain which made her hemiplegic on the right side. She had her skull opened up during surgery.
After a month, she went to rehab but then the rehab center that we went was not good AT ALL as they wanted us to do it for her instead of them teaching her what to do and they had to ask us to leave as my mother was making noises such as shouting and etc after 2 weeks. So we had to go to the private Physiotherapy in December 2019.
On February 2020, thats when she started to walk but then she was not independent to be by herself.
In July 2020, we hired a OT and Speech therapy to help her out. However, what saddens me is that both her OT and PT are saying her affected hand cannot function anymore so they stopped working on that hand. I just need a third opinion whether this is true. Please help me as this is very important.Answer
: Gains in muscle movement usually occur in the months to first year after stroke. If she has no movement or only trace movement 1.5 years after her stroke, then functional use of the hand is not likely. If there is moderate or simply uncoordinated movement, then there may be continued benefit from therapy. I would talk to her MD and ask for a second therapy referral if you would like another opinion.