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Movement and Exercises after Stroke

Last updated 4 years ago

Stroke is one of the leading causes of long-term disability. A stroke can affect balance, flexibility, and muscle strength or control, leading to difficulty moving or walking. After a stroke, physical therapy and targeted exercises can help you regain your mobility. South Bay Hospital offers both emergency stroke care and physical therapy for ongoing stroke rehabilitation.

Mobility Assessment

Studies have shown that more than half of stroke survivors require some type of rehabilitation to restore function and mobility. A full mobility assessment can determine how your movement, balance, and strength were affected by your stroke. During this assessment, your physiotherapist will measure your strength and range of motion to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan that will address your specific needs.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy treatments are designed to help you regain lost balance, strength, and range of motion. You may see your physical therapist once or more each week following a stroke. Between your appointments, you will be given exercises to practice at home—it is essential that you follow your exercise plan, as it will help you recover faster. Physical therapy treatments may also include massage, stretches, and electrical stimulation.

Maintaining Fitness

Because fitness levels can decline in the short term following a stroke, it’s important to take an active role in regaining both fitness and mobility. Even if you cannot perform the same activities you could before your stroke, focus on building fitness based upon your current abilities. Walking, swimming, and bicycling are excellent low-impact activities that can be done indoors or out. Keep in mind that if you require a mobility assistance device, such as a cane or walker, you should take extra care when exercising to prevent falls or other injuries.

South Bay Hospital’s Stroke Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. We offer comprehensive stroke care and rehabilitation services, including emergency care at our South Bay Hospital ER. Please call (888) 685-1595 for more information about us, or click through our blog to learn more about stroke and stroke recovery.


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