May is National Stroke Awareness Month, a time to recall and remind others of the warning signs and potential dangers of this illness. According to the Center for Disease Control, strokes account for one of every 20 deaths in the United States each year, and are the fifth leading cause of death in the country. People with high cholesterol, diabetes, and cardiovascular illnesses are among those most at risk for stroke, but through good care and lifestyle changes these risks can be reduced.
When a stroke happens, time becomes crucial. The initials F.A.S.T. should come to mind as you take action to stop further damage to health:
- Face: Look for signs of drooping
- Arms: Does the stroke victim have trouble lifting either or both arms?
- Speech: Is the stroke victim slurring words or unable to talk?
- Time: Call 911 if any of the events above have happened
If you or a loved one has experienced a stroke, post-stroke pain is a possibility. The National Stroke Association defines two types of pain stroke patients may encounter during recovery and beyond:
- Central: this pain is triggered by faulty responses by the brain to touch and other stimuli due to brain damage.
- Local: this pain is typically centered in the joints, often the shoulders
For the latter, Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists at Bon Secours offers patients in Hampton Roads options for joint pain relief. Our physicians and staff offer a full continuum of care for patients suffering joint pain due to injury and illnesses, like strokes, so they may resume active, full lives. We are here to answer your questions about post-stroke pain and to determine the best care for your needs.
You can contact us online or call 757-673-5680 with your questions about post-stroke rehabilitation as it relates to joint pain. For more information on signs and symptoms of stroke, and how to prevent risk, you can consult the National Stroke Association.
Additional Sources: CDC