Hip hitching after stroke.
26th November 2019
People with stroke do not develop swinging of a stiff leg when walking (called a hemiplegic gait) because of the stroke. They develop this way of walking due to the brain going into compensation mode with the unaffected side and then not recovering multisensory integration to weight bear and balance on the affected side. They learn to balance and weight bear on the stronger side and temporarily use the weaker side to touch the ground so the stronger leg can step forward. At NRNRS it has been a privilege to reverse this in people who have lived with stroke for months to years. It adds quality to living with a stroke.