Proper positioning post-stroke is essential in order to reduce the risk of shoulder subluxation, contractures and pain. Proper positioning may also enhance motor recovery, range of motion, and oxygen saturation.

In this module we identify the evidence for optimal positioning of the patient when:

  • Lying: supine, on affected side and on non-affected side,
  • Sitting: in bed, chair and wheelchair,
  • Standing and transferring.

Authors*: Adam Kagan, BSc; Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD OT; Leila Goulamhoussen, BSc OT; Rabiaa Laroui, BSc OT; Sheila Liu, BSc OT; Anita Petzold, BSc OT; Anna Rentoulis, BSc OT; Stephen Tang, BSc OT

Evidence reviewed as of before 14-12-2009

NOTE: *The authors have no direct financial interest in any tools, tests or interventions presented in StrokEngine.