Because the brain controls almost all of our bodily functions, the range of effects from a stroke is very broad. Frequently, patients who have had a stroke have complete or partial paralysis to one side of their body, including the facial muscles. This can manifest as drooping eyelids, an inability to speak or chew food properly, and reduced mobility.
Sometimes strokes do not affect a person’s limbs and muscles but rather the parts of the brain that control thinking, speech, hearing, or eyesight. In these cases, a patient may have a diminished ability to think clearly or logically. They may show personality changes or lose their memory. If the areas of the brain that control the senses are damaged, the result may be loss of taste, smell, hearing, or sight.
Even with advances in understanding strokes, it is still somewhat unpredictable how a stroke will affect someone. If the patient’s symptoms include decreased mobility, even if it is severe, EksoNR robotic exoskeleton can be a powerful tool for reversing this potentially life altering side effect.