3D illustration of the of the blood vessels in the human brain and cerebrovascular disease or hemorrhagic stroke and causes of a brain stroke
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The Unexpected Side Effect After A Stroke
Although a stroke’s side effects depend on which brain regions are affected, there are several common aftereffects, such as paralysis isolated to one side of the body and difficulties communicating. However, a lesser-known side effect that’s common and affects roughly 25% to 43% within a year of the stroke is called spasticity.
Characterized by involuntary muscle contractions and muscle stiffness, spasticity can hinder movement and is often seen in the ankle, elbow, or wrist. This condition occurs due to a communication breakdown between the brain, nerves, and muscles responsible for physical movement.
Dr. Bradford B. Worrall, professor of neurology and public health at the University of Virginia, shared, “One of the things that’s particularly striking about spasticity is the harder you fight it, the worse it is.” Worrall expressed the value of physical therapy for recovery; research has also shown the potential Botox has to help treat the symptoms.