Featuring Alison Lichy, P. T., D.P. T., N.C.S.
and Justine Mamone, P. T., D.P. T., N.C.S.
After reaching out to readers on our Stroke Connection
Facebook page, we heard from a number of survivors
concerned that they are losing function after they leave
therapy. For example, one reader posted:
I have long-term residual effects from my stroke. After numerous
physical therapy series, I still seem to go downhill as far as
residual left-side weakness, especially in the left leg, foot and
ankle, and to a lesser degree, decreasing left arm and hand
strength and fine motor function. I have gains through the PTs,
then do the exercises, but the strength always leaves again.
Here we share the thoughts of two physical therapists, as
well as input from an occupational therapist exclusively on the
Stroke Connection website.