Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pusher Syndrome

Pusher syndrome. Some stroke survivors have their sense of balance knocked out of whack by the stroke. Their sense of what upright (true vertical) is off by about 20°. And guess which way they think true vertical is? Bonus-towards the affected side! And guess which way they will usually fall (if they do but they shouldn't because falls can...whats the word...kill. Yeah. As in death.)? Towards the affected side-double bonus! And if they fall towards the affected side that's bad because guess which side usually has thinner and more brittle bones? Bingo!

And here's the "funny" part: Therapists may be causing pusher syndrome.

How? Read on...

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