Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Treatment Options Exist for Pain Following Stroke

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Treatment Options Exist for Pain Following Stroke

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Dear Doctor K: I've been in pain ever since I had a stroke about six months ago. What will relieve it?

Dear Reader: Pain is a frequent complication of stroke. It generally falls into one of two types, local or central.

Local pain results from joint and muscle problems. Strokes can make some muscles weak and stiff. That, in turn, can make the muscles hurt when they move. It also can cause the bones in a joint moved by those muscles to shift out of their proper place, producing pain in the joint. Treatment is fairly straightforward and may involve a variety of options: range-of-motion and stretching exercises; over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; use of a sling or armrest to support a weak shoulder; strategic positioning of a weak leg while in a wheelchair or in bed; and cortisone injections to reduce inflammation. …

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