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Integrative Spine & Sports

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians & Pain Medicine Physicians located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Each year in the United States, nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke, which can lead to serious, long-term consequences. At Integrative Spine & Sports, Jose Juan Diaz, DO, and his team help patients in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, negotiate the aftermath of a stroke to re-establish as much function as possible, including spasticity management. To learn more about strokes, please call or use the online booking feature.

Stroke Q & A

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a condition in which an artery leading to, or within, your brain is blocked or ruptures, causing your brain to go without essential oxygen. This lack of oxygen causes cells in your brain to die, which can lead to death in extreme cases, or complications afterward, which range from loss of speech to spasticity. 

The complications and their severity depend on the length of time your brain goes without oxygen and which area of your brain is affected.

There are three main types of strokes, including:

  • Ischemic stroke, in which your artery is blocked
  • Hemorrhagic stroke, in which your blood vessel bursts
  • Transient ischemic attack, which is a temporary blood clot

Ischemic strokes are by far the most prevalent, accounting for 87% of all strokes.

What is spasticity?

One of the aftereffects of a stroke is spasticity, a condition in which your muscles remain contracted, often painfully, which can limit your use and movement of these muscles. Some strokes lead to spasticity because these particular strokes affect the area of your brain that controls voluntary muscle movement. 

After a stroke, the messaging between your brain and your muscles can become garbled, which leads to the overactivity in your muscles.

But stroke isn’t the only disease that can lead to spasticity. This involuntary contraction in your muscles can develop after a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury or come on with certain diseases, such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.

How are strokes and spasticity treated?

If you’re dealing with complications after a stroke, the team at Integrative Spine & Sports has the tools you need to regain control over your life. From physical and occupational therapy to pain management, Dr. Diaz takes a multi-pronged approach to your problem. Using both Western and Eastern medicine, the team’s goal is to relieve your discomfort and restore your quality of life.

Everyone who steps through the doors at Integrative Spine & Sport has different issues, so Dr. Diaz tailors a treatment protocol that meets your unique goals and needs.

If you’d like to restore your quality of life after a stroke or brain or spinal cord injury, please call Integrative Spine & Sports or use the online scheduling tool.