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A relative (age 70) had a stroke 2 years ago. He can move one arm and leg well, and the other leg a little. Would physical therapy still be helpful at this late date? Is there a chance he could walk?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely....

Most recovery after a neurological injury like a stroke happens during the first year. Physical therapy may help to achieve more recovery but to go from moving the affected leg "a little" to walking is unlikely.
But, if physical therapy has not been tried, it is worthwhile to pursue to see exactly what recovery occurs. Good luck!

In brief: Unlikely....

Most recovery after a neurological injury like a stroke happens during the first year. Physical therapy may help to achieve more recovery but to go from moving the affected leg "a little" to walking is unlikely.
But, if physical therapy has not been tried, it is worthwhile to pursue to see exactly what recovery occurs. Good luck!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. H Robert Silverstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: PT = great help

The relative needs to seek our further help.
There are "stroke centers" that are quite up to date on this. Hrs, md, facc www.Thepmc.Org.

In brief: PT = great help

The relative needs to seek our further help.
There are "stroke centers" that are quite up to date on this. Hrs, md, facc www.Thepmc.Org.
Dr. H Robert Silverstein
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