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Pusher Syndrome

What is Pusher Syndrome?

It is a condition observed in some people following a stroke which has left them with one side weakened due to hemiparesis. Sufferers exhibit a tendency to actively push away from the unweakened side, thus leading to a loss of postural balance. It can be a result of left or right brain damage.

What are the causes of pusher syndrome?

The cause of pusher syndrome is still poorly understood.

Can physiotherapy help people with pusher syndrome?

Yes. Physiotherapy is an effective treatment in the management of pusher syndrome with the focus of speeding recovery, improving stability, minimising risk of falls and improving the quality of life.

What are the symptoms of pusher syndrome?

  • In sitting, the push is a lateral lean toward the affected side

  • In standing, instability is high as you will not be able support your body weight on the weakened side

  • There’s increased risk of falls

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