Stroke often causes weakness or clumsiness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body. Sometimes the individual may be completely unable to move the arm or leg. Individuals with a weak arm are at risk of shoulder injury and should never be pulled by the arm, and the weak arm should usually be supported on a pillow or table.
To recognise when an individual is not moving one part of their body and especially be aware of arm weakness. They should be able to replace any arm support which has become displaced.
Benefits to the individual
Individuals will not be assumed to be able to do something of which they are incapable. They will be less likely to develop shoulder pain.
Page last reviewed: 17 Jan 2020