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Arm Management

Arm Management

For the majority of us, we are so used to performing almost all of our activities in life with two hands.  We have seen a  large impact that even the smallest loss of function in the arm/hand can cause. Aside from the emotional impact many may feel, a lot of survivors are left with the biggest question ever, “will I ever get my arm back and if so….how?”.  Many are left with secondary difficulties related to the stroke impacting their, what we often call, ‘upper extremity’. Some of these may include extreme weakness, stiffness/tightness, pain of various types and even joint dislocations. In this guide, we will cover the most common topics related to the upper extremity post stroke:

 

-Types of loss in the upper extremity which includes movement,the ability to plan for movement, lack or loss of sensation etc

- The impact of attention, vision and/or cognition on arm movement and recovery

-Use it or lose it theory - benefits of all types of movement

- Pain and how to understand it, managing it and minimize it 

-Understanding swelling, also known as edema, and how to minimize it

-The difference in arm tightness vs. weakness (you may have heard it referred to as flaccid vs spastic/tone)

- How the survivor and caregiver should safely handle/guard the upper extremity

-Involving the upper extremity in everyday tasks - the benefits, ideas, how to safely do it

- Common arm and hand braces for positioning 

- and more!

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