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Physical Challenges

The physical effects of stroke may be seen shortly after it happens – weeks or months later. Some minor effects may go away with treatment and time; but, others may last for a long time.2,4 These effects may make it more difficult for you to do simple things you used to, like:5

  • Getting dressed
  • Bathing
  • Eating
  • Walking
  • Sitting
  • Participating in activities or hobbies

You may also experience pain, which can significantly affect your day-to-day life.4

Know that there is help available. It’s important to see a Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist who can come up with a plan to help you manage your physical challenges, which may include treatment and/or rehabilitation. Find a Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist in your area. Remember to see your family doctor to get a referral.

Muscle Weakness

Muscle weakness is one of the most common symptoms after a stroke.6 But, certain exercises can have a very positive effect on recovery. Learn more about muscle weakness


Sometimes a stroke can damage a part of the brain that controls certain muscles in the body. Your muscles become tight and stiff, and it can become difficult to move and coordinate. This is called spasticity.7 Learn more about spasticity

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1 stroke occurs every 10 minutes

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