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stroke, you may not feel temperature, touch, pain, or
sharpness on your affected side. You may have:
If you cannot feel an object, you may be more likely to hurt
Soaking your hands and feet may make your nails easier to cut. If you
diabetes, talk with your doctor about the care of your
If you cannot feel heat on your affected side, you may be more prone
to burns. Tips to prevent burns include the following:
If you have poor muscle tone in an arm, you may be at risk for
shoulder problems. The weight of an affected arm can cause the shoulder to
dislocate (shoulder subluxation). You also may tend not to use the shoulder,
which may cause pain and loss of motion (frozen shoulder). You can help prevent a frozen shoulder by:
Swelling occurs when the affected arm or leg cannot move
for a long period of time. A large amount of swelling:
Some tips to prevent swelling in your affected arm or leg
include the following:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRichard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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