Neurological or sensory impairments and pain problems may be experienced following a stroke. Up to 20% of patients may experience central post-stroke pain. There may also be some overlap with both spasticity which can cause pain, and with sensory loss which can be associated with unpleasant sensory phenomena. The most specific musculoskeletal pain problem after stroke is shoulder pain which affects up to 25% of patients.

It is important to recognise the signs, symptoms and impact of neurological and sensory impairments, and pain after stroke, in order to be able to provide treatments and strategies to assist patients or to signpost to relevant services.


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