In Australia someone has a stroke about every 11 minutes. Stroke affects around 48 000 Australians each year.
The following symptoms are all possible signs of a stroke:
- weakness or numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg on either or both sides of the body
- slurred speech or difficulty understanding what someone is saying
- dizziness, loss of balance, or an unexplained fall
- loss of vision, sudden blurred or decreased vision in one or both eyes
- sudden severe headache
- difficulty swallowing.
Physiotherapy plays an important role in the recovery process following a stroke. After a stroke it is a good idea to consult a physiotherapist who can discuss your problems with the team that has been working with you, and help you to work on an exercise program designed to maximise your strength and balance and mobility. Your physio may have specialised equipment to aid the exercise program and continue your recovery.
If you have experienced a stroke, it is important that you have your condition assessed by a physiotherapist.