Spasticity Following Stroke – Quality of Life

In the November edition of the Polish Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgery Dr. Schinwelski discusses Prevalence of spasticity following stroke and its impact on quality of life with emphasis on disability in activities of daily living

The paper shows that increased spasticity has a detrimental effect on the patients ability to perform upper extremity tasks. The ability to do these every day living tasks give the patients a feeling of well being and further integrate them into family and community life and therefore increase quality of life.

Therapists can reduce the patients spasticity during exercise treatment sessions. During these treatment sessions the patient can increase their movement ability using the HandTutor even if they have severe movement dysfunction. Thus when the treatment is over and the patients spasticity returns this increased movement ability will still allow the patient to do the functional tasks. The doing of the functional tasks will in itself provide further intensive exercise practice which will improve the patients functional ability and quality of life.


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