When I watch this video back I realize I seem so exasperated throughout it and I think it's because this means a lot to me! I've seen so many arms with damage that could have been prevented if provided good care from day 1 post stroke. I didn't talk about arms that become really stiff after a stroke - this is a bit less common initially but definitely happens. In that case, the therapists may provide special hand or arm splints to assist with positioning, and they'll definitely work on stretching out that arm! Whether the arm is really loose or really tight, your focus is keeping that elbow supported so the shoulder joint isn't hurt, keeping the arm elevated so it doesn't become swollen and trying to maintain normal range of motion through gentle stretching. You got this!
Why Is It Important to Protect Your Arm After a Stroke
Updated: Oct 26, 2018