Every year around 795,000 Americans have strokes, and many end up with chronic pain and mobility problems. At his practice in Boynton Beach, Florida, board-certified pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Stuart A. Rubin, MD, MPH, offers personalized treatments to relieve your pain and restore your strength and mobility. If you’ve had a stroke and need specialized rehabilitation services, call Dr. Rubin or make an appointment online today.
Stroke is a dangerous disease that affects the arteries leading to and within your brain. It occurs when something stops the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your brain, often a blockage due to a clot or a rupture.
When your brain doesn’t receive the blood it needs, your brain cells die. This causes several symptoms, including drooping on one side of your face, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of your body, confusion, problems speaking, and lost coordination.
In addition to the initial warning signs of a stroke, the condition can cause lasting physical symptoms that range in severity. Some of the most common physical effects of a stroke include:
Depending on the location of your stroke, the pain center of your brain could be damaged. As a result, you might experience neuropathic pain in your muscles and joints. You could also develop headaches and migraines.
Many patients experience muscle weakness after a stroke, which can limit your mobility or even cause paralysis. Muscle weakness can also increase your chances of losing your balance, tripping, and falling.
A stroke can also change your muscle tone, leading to spasticity — tight, stiff muscles. Alternatively, your muscles could also become weak and floppy. These changes occur when your stroke damages the part of your brain that controls your muscles.
Stroke can sometimes cause muscle contracture, which is a permanent shortening of your muscles. It can prevent you from moving your limbs.
Over time, when you can’t move your limbs, the muscles and connective tissue around your joints change, leading to even more pain and mobility problems.
Dr. Rubin provides tailored pain management programs to relieve stroke-related pain. Depending on your needs, he might recommend oral and topical medications, pain injections, regenerative medicine, or physical therapy. He often combines treatments to provide optimal pain relief.
Your treatment plan can help restore your mobility and quality of life. Every patient has unique needs, and he works with you to help you recover.
If you have stroke-related pain, call Dr. Rubin or make an appointment online today for expert pain management care.