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With treatment, you can manage the physical challenges of stroke.

With help, you can manage your physical challenges after a stroke. What works for one person may not work for another. It’s important to talk to a stroke rehabilitation specialist to find the right treatment plan for you. Selecting a treatment begins with an open discussion of your goals in managing your physical challenges, which may include9:

  • Relieving your symptoms
  • Improving your ability to do daily activities
  • Maintaining or improving how you move

There are a number of options available to you, which are briefly summarized below.

Physical and Occupational Therapy

Physical and occupational therapy are designed to increase strength and coordination, maintain or improve movement, and improve comfort. Therapy may include: stretching and strengthening exercises; temporary braces or casts; limb positioning; and electrical stimulation.9 See examples of exercises


There are a number of different medications that treat spasticity.9 These may be used in combination with other treatments, especially if your symptoms are affecting daily functioning or sleep.

Type of Medication How They Work
Muscle relaxants Decrease the activity of nerves that cause muscle spasticity. The overall effect is muscle relaxation.
Skeletal muscle relaxants Act specifically on skeletal muscles and reduce excessive muscle contractions.
(anti-anxiety medications/sedatives)
Act on the central nervous system to reduce muscle spasms.
Botulinum neurotoxin Muscle relaxant that is injected into the muscles or deep into the skin. It works by partially blocking the nerve impulses to any muscles that have been injected and reduces excessive contractions of these muscles.


In some patients, surgery may be considered to help improve post-stroke recovery. This includes patients who:

  • Can’t tolerate any medication
  • Still have significant pain even after trying a number of less invasive procedures
  • Have developed permanent shortening of tendons10,11

Discuss Treatment With a Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist

If you’ve taken the post-stroke assessment and believe you may be suffering from post-stroke spasticity a stroke rehabilitation specialist may be able to help you. A referral is required from your family doctor in order to get an appointment with a stroke rehabilitation specialist.

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