What is post stroke pain?
Post stroke pain is severe burning, prickling or aching pain that happens after a stroke. Post stroke pain occurs on the side of the body affected by the stroke. The symptoms related to post stroke pain can begin from days to years after the stroke has occurred.
What are the symptoms of post stroke pain?
Post stroke pain can be felt in the face, arm, trunk, leg on the side of the body affected by the stroke. Post stroke pain is of a burning, pricking or aching nature. Post stroke pain is usually constant and increases overtime.
What causes post stroke pain?
Post stroke pain is caused when there is damage to certain nerves following a stroke and can vary in each individual. Post stroke pain is when your skin can no longer tell the difference between soft touch and severe pain. Post stroke pain can be caused by any sensation on the skin including brushing, hot or cold temperatures and sometimes. Post stroke pain can sometimes be caused by nothing.
How can physiotherapy help people with post stroke pain?
Physiotherapy may help people with post stroke pain so you can continue with your activities of daily living and enhance your quality of life. Our physiotherapists at Physio.co.uk will:
- Help to manage your post stroke pain
- Advice on coping with post stroke pain
- Help you to be independent with your normal activities.
- Help you to increase your mobility around your home and outdoors.
- Provide exercise therapy to keep muscles working.
What physiotherapy treatments help people with post stroke pain?
There are various treatments that physiotherapists can carry out for people with post stroke pain. A structured program tailored to your needs will be developed between you and your physiotherapist so that you get the most out of your treatment. Your physiotherapy program at Physio.co.uk may involve:
- Exercise therapy
- Mirror therapy
- Positioning to reduce pain
- Strengthening exercises
- Heat or ice therapy
- Provide splints if necessary
- Advice and education
- Stretching exercises
- Electrical nerve stimulation
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENs)
- Sensory therapy
Post stroke pain is a burning, pricking or tingling sensation that comes after a person has had a stroke, it is caused by a damage to some of the nerves following a stroke. Physiotherapy is beneficial to help anyone suffering post stroke pain.
To book an appointment at Physio.co.uk or for further information on how we can help you with your post stroke pain, please call 0330 088 7800.