Acta Scientific Orthopaedics (ISSN: 2581-8635)

Research Article Volume 5 Issue 4

Hamstring Weakness: A Sequel of Cerebrovascular Accident

Binuyo Overcomer* and Adejimi Olaolu

Department of Physiotherapy, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author: Binuyo Overcomer, Department of Physiotherapy, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria.

Received: February 24, 2022; Published: March 14, 2022


Cerebrovascular accident (CVA), commonly known as stroke is a condition that results from infarction of neurons in the brain due to vascular compromise. It is a highly prevalent disease, a leading cause of death and long-term disability.

The most frequent sign after stroke is muscle weakness which leads to loss of functions in the upper or lower limb. The most frequently affected muscle groups are the extensors of the upper limb and flexors of the lower limb. The muscle group of interest is the hamstring muscle group. The mechanism of muscle weakness in stroke can be neural or structural. The hamstring muscles are the muscles responsible for knee flexion. Knee flexion in humans is essential to the performance of major lower-limb functions which include walking, transfers, standing, stair climbing and so on.

Physiotherapy management is indicated as a major part in the rehabilitation of post-stroke paresis (muscle weakness). There are several physiotherapy modalities employed in the management of paresis including passive exercises, mirror therapy, electrical stimulation, mental practice, functional electrical stimulation, task specific training among others.

In Conclusion, at different levels of hamstring muscle power (Oxford muscle grading) among stroke survivors, there are effective physiotherapy management techniques to address that. The goal is to improve the muscle strength with associated increase in functional level and ultimately increase in societal participation for community integration.

Keywords: Cerebrovascular Accident; Stroke; Physiotherapy


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Citation: Binuyo Overcomer and Adejimi Olaolu. “Hamstring Weakness: A Sequel of Cerebrovascular Accident".Acta Scientific Orthopaedics 5.4 (2022): 77-81.


Copyright: © 2022 Binuyo Overcomer and Adejimi Olaolu. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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