When is physical therapy indicated in the treatment of posterior cerebral artery (PCA) stroke?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: Erek K Helseth, MD; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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A small percentage of patients with a PCA infarct suffer chronic motor deficits. Approximately 5% of patients who do may require transfer, gait, and stair training with an assistive device. Orthotic devices (eg, ankle-foot orthosis) also may be beneficial.

Patients with PCA infarcts may demonstrate delayed postural reactions due to sensorimotor deficits. Programs designed to improve postural control and balance may be helpful.

Home exercise programs and family/caregiver training are important for sustaining improvement after discharge from therapy. [1]

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