Physical effects of stroke guide

Resource type: Information leaflet

Publication type: Publication

November 2017
Resource type

The physical effects of stroke are varied, and no two people will experience the same thing. After a stroke you might have muscle weakness, fatigue, or problems like spasticity and joint pain. Fortunately, most people make significant improvements in the months following their stroke.

This guide explains some of the most common physical effects of a stroke, and how they are usually diagnosed and treated. It also explains what your rehabilitation might involve, and describes some of the medication that might be available to help you. 

Accessible formats

  • Clear print: you can download a pdf at the end of this page.
  • Large print: you can download a large print version at the end of this page.
  • Braille: email to request a braille copy 

Document date

Next review due
September 2020