When you think of a classic picture of a stroke patient, paralysis of the limbs could be the first picture in your mind; and it could be true, in most cases. When there is a stroke due to ischemia or rupture of the blood vessels, you may develop sudden weakness, numbness or paralysis in your face, legs or arms. Interestingly, it often happens to one side of the body, a term medically known as hemiplegia. The reason behind hemiplegia is that your half body functions are controlled by half and contralateral part of the brain, i.e., the left body is controlled by the right brain and vice versa. The side of the body affected also points out which part of the brain is affected by the stroke. In rare cases, both sides of your body get affected by the stroke when it attacks both sides of your brain.
Try to raise both of your arms over your head or flex your legs at the same time. If one arm or leg begins to fall or you feel numbness or weakness in it, this might be a sign of stroke. Also, try to smile and if one side of your face droops, it may also point out you’re having a stroke. In this case, seek immediate medical attention without delay. Physical therapy may help you regain the motor functions you may have lost after a stroke, such as smiling, walking, eating or dressing.