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The purpose of this case report was to determine the success of weight-bearing interventions on spasticity reduction and improved gait patterns in a 61 year-old-male patient recovering from a chronic left hemorrhagic CVA. The patient’s primary impairments included right upper and lower extremity spasticity, circumduction gait, weakness and decreased range of motion of right extremities.

The interventions included in this patient’s treatment program included standing calf stretches, toe raises, ankle range of motion and gait training for 1 hour once a week for 4 weeks. This case report supports the application of weight-bearing through the paretic limb, which has been proven to be beneficial for reducing spasticity and increasing ROM to improve gait patterns for a patient recovering from a CVA.

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San Marcos, CA


Physical Therapy; Occupational Therapy; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Weight-Bearing; Ankle Joint; Muscle Spasticity; Gait; Range of Motion, Articular; Stroke


Occupational Therapy | Physical Therapy | Physiotherapy | Rehabilitation and Therapy


Poster presented at the Fall 2019 Research Day on the San Marcos, CA, campus of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, December 13, 2019.

Weight-Bearing Interventions to Decrease Spasticity and Improve Gait in Stroke Patients: A Case Report