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Subluxation

QUESTION:

I’ve been doing therapy, working at home and doing research studies in Charleston at MUSC. I guess I was looking for a success story. I haven’t heard about anyone yet who has fixed subluxation for good. Are there any successful subluxation stories?

-B

ANSWER:


I have. I was able to fix my subluxation two years post-stroke, with lots of therapy! I’m now 8 years post-stroke and there are still issues I haven’t mastered yet.


While every stroke recovery journey is unique, there have been success stories of individuals who have improved or managed their subluxation. Subluxation refers to partial dislocation of a joint, often occurring after a stroke due to weakness or paralysis in the affected arm or leg.


Recovery from subluxation can be achieved through various therapies, exercises, and interventions. Physical therapy and occupational therapy play crucial roles in addressing subluxation. These therapies focus on strengthening muscles, improving range of motion, and retraining muscle coordination.


Additionally, techniques such as electrical stimulation, constraint-induced movement therapy, mirror therapy, and splinting have been used to assist in the rehabilitation process. These interventions aim to reduce pain, improve function, and encourage proper alignment of the joint.


It's important to remember that the success and extent of recovery can vary among individuals. Each person's level of effort, commitment to therapy, severity of the subluxation, and overall health can influence the outcome. Patience, consistency, and a positive attitude are vital during the recovery process.


While I don't have specific individual success stories to share, it's worth noting that many stroke survivors have made significant progress with the assistance of dedicated healthcare professionals, support from loved ones, and their own determination. It may also be helpful to connect with stroke support groups or online communities where you can find others who have experienced similar challenges and share their experiences.


Always consult with your healthcare provider or therapists for personalized advice and guidance tailored to your situation.

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