Stroke: Interventions to Address Neuroplasticity for the Patient With Stroke
Following a stroke, numerous neuroplastic changes take place within the brain. These changes may promote behaviors that enhance recovery or may serve to limit recovery. A common behavioral consequence seen after stroke is the development of motor compensation strategies that promote learned nonuse of the involved side but overuse of the less-involved extremities. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants can assist the patient to address motor strategies.