Why does a considerable proportion of stroke patients develop spasticity yet others do not?
Approximately 38% of stroke survivors experience post-stroke spasticity within one year after a first stroke, while the overall prevalence of post-stroke spasticity is approximately 0.2% (taken from the WHO MONICA project). If a spasticity will be developed or not, depends on the type, the localization and the extent of the brain damage, and which areas of the brain are affected.
Physiotherapy, which has been started with at an early stage, can counteract a spasticity and delay its occurrence. Spasticity also occurs when an impatient patient starts an ambitious rehab training after the stroke. Besides the movement for the rehabilitation, it is also important to rest to recover. Therefore an individual, personal training program, tailored to the patient, is very important. Careful consultation with a physician is essential in order to ensure proper planning during a recovery phase.