According to the Stroke Association, more than 1.2 million people are living with the effects of stroke in the UK, and more than 100,000 strokes are recorded each year.
Stroke most often affects people over the age of 65, but a stroke can happen at any age, and 400 childhood strokes are recorded in the UK each year.
There are two main types of stroke:
- Ischaemic Stroke: in which a blood vessel in the brain is blocked by a clot. 85% of strokes are a result of this
- Haemorrhagic Stroke: in which bleeding occurs in the brain.
Additionally, a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) or mini-stroke looks exactly like a stroke but the symptoms fully resolve within 24-72 hours. It is very important that a TIA is treated urgently and as seriously as a stoke as half of all strokes after a TIA occur in the 24 hours following those first symptoms.
Symptoms of stroke include:
- F – facial weakness
- A – arm weakness
- S – speech difficulties
- T – time to call emergency services
In the long-term people can be left with one-sided weakness, altered sensation, nerve pain, visual and cognitive issues, all of which may effect the ability to take part in usual daily activities.
More information can be found at the Stroke Association website.
How we can help
Working with a physio can help to maintain length and condition of muscles, establish an exercise plan at an appropriate level, and work towards the goals that you may have.
An initial assessment will look at what you would like to achieve, and what muscle strength and range is required to meet this aim. It may take a few sessions to assess if the potential is there to achieve your goal.
Please contact our physio Debbie on 07533 743134 if you want to discuss your symptoms and plan for physio.