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What is paralysis?

Paralysis is the inability of a muscle or group of muscles to move voluntarily. The brain sends messages that trigger muscles to move. But when stroke damages part of the brain, messaging between the brain and muscles may not work properly.

Where does stroke cause paralysis?

Paralysis is usually on the side of the body opposite the side of the brain damaged by stroke. For instance, a stroke in the brain’s left hemisphere will affect the right side of the body. Locked-in syndrome is an example of severe paralysis in which you can only move muscles that control the eyes.

Post-stroke paralysis symptoms

They may include, but are not limited to:

  • Hemiplegia (one-sided paralysis)
  • Weakness
  • Incoordination
  • Sensory deficits
  • Balance problems

If you have any of these symptoms or any type of paralysis, rehabilitation and therapy can help you regain movement even years after your stroke.