Recovery

My Gait

Gait just means the way you walk.  In PT school, we were taught to look for certain things when evaluating someone’s gait.  Well, after the stroke I was lucky to stand up.  My gait – terrible to say the least. … Read More ›

Medication

The stroke was caused by a blood clot. So I was put on Coumadin(Warfarin) for 6 months. I have learned that this is standard after a blood clot is discovered. You have to take Coumadin(a blood thinner) for 6 months…. Read More ›

Prevention

In this nation, we have sick care. Most other countries have preventative care, not us. This means that in other countries they are more focused on preventing you from getting sick, here we are more focused on treating you once… Read More ›

Balance

Good balance depends on 3 things.  These are your vision, vestibular system, and proprioception.  I described proprioception in an earlier blog post.  The vestibular system is in the inner ear and controls equilibrium.  In school, one way we tested our… Read More ›

Shoulder Pain

After my stroke, my right shoulder would hurt periodically.  There is NO WAY that it was subluxed.  A subluxation of a joint is like the step before dislocation.  The bones of the joint aren’t matching up correctly.  After a stroke… Read More ›