"The Fonz" Gets Personal: Stroke and its Effects

Henry Winkler, the actor best known for playing "The Fonz" on TV's Happy Days, will share the story of his mother's struggle with upper limb spasticity following her stroke on May 22 at the Friday Center.

"The Fonz" Gets Personal: Stroke and its Effects click to enlarge Henry Winkler

Winkler will make an appearance at the Friday Center on Tuesday, May 22 as part of a special program sponsored by UNC Health Care and the UNC Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Drs. Michael Lee, Angela Lipscomb-Hudson, and Heather Walker, rehabilitation doctors (physiatrists) at UNC Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, will lead a discussion of treatment options for upper limb spasticity, which is an uncomfortable muscle stiffness or tightness in the elbow, wrist or fingers. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Check-in begins at 3 p.m., followed by presentations at 3:30 p.m.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is encouraged by emailing to: openarms@med.unc.edu or calling 919-966-8920 by May 15.

Upper limb spasticity, often a problem for people who have had strokes, can occur weeks, months or years after a person's original injury and therefore often is not recognized or goes untreated. Other conditions which can cause spasticity include Multiple Sclerosis, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Cerebral Palsy.

For more about these conditions and treatments available at UNC: www.med.unc.edu/phyrehab