How is poststroke weakness defined in middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke?

Updated: Feb 20, 2018
  • Author: Daniel I Slater, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Poststroke weakness presents a significant barrier to patient safety and functional mobility. Poststroke weakness can be broadly defined as decreased magnitude of force production, slowness to produce force, rapid onset of fatigue, excessive sense of effort, and difficulty with force production in a functional task. [68] Therapeutic exercise interventions are frequently based in functional activities such as activities of daily living and mobility tasks. Incorporated into functional tasks are techniques of repetitive motion training consistent with a traditional therapeutic exercise program. Repetition of tasks, in addition to building strength, improves motor coordination, motor control, and sensation of the movement. [69]


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