Stroke (Cerebro-Vascular Accident or CVA)
A stroke occurs when the blood-flow to an area of the brain is interrupted. This can be caused by a burst blood vessel or by a clot causing a blockage. The severity of the symptoms depends on the size of the area of the brain affected, and how long the circulation has been interrupted for. A stroke often affects one side of the body leaving a weak or numb arm and leg. Problems with vision and speech are also common.
A specialist physiotherapist understands these problems and the impact that they can have on the life of you and your family. Treatment is focused on maximising the return of movement and encouraging as much independence as possible. Treatment should start as soon as possible and continue until your maximum potential has been reached. Saebo orthotics may help the return of hand function.
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) may help to reduce shoulder pain and subluxation or correct foot drop to promote more efficient and safe walking.
For further information see:
Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland www.chss.org.uk
Stroke Association www.stroke.org.uk
Different Strokes www.differentstrokes.co.uk
The Way Ahead Group (Bearsden, Glasgow) www.killermontparishchurch.co.uk