Stroke: Common Disabilities
Reference Stroke Opens New Window is the most common cause of disability resulting from damage to the nervous system. A stroke may affect:
- Movement. You may not be able to use your arms or walk. This is usually because of weakness or paralysis on one side of the body (hemiparesis).
- Speech and language. You may not be able to speak, read, or write. Also, you may not be able to understand what someone else is saying.
- Thinking and reasoning. You may not be able to think clearly. The stroke may cause you to act differently than you did before the stroke.
- Senses. You may not be able to feel when something or someone touches your affected body parts, such as the arms or legs. Your sight or hearing (rare) may be affected.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 7, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation