How Neurological Rehabilitation Can Help Prevent Loss of Function
Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury in the United States, with about 75 percent experiencing concussions or other mild forms of head trauma. Neurological rehabilitation is a therapy designed to help individuals with neurological conditions improve their mobility and function. It can help individuals recover from an illness or injury, reduce symptoms, optimize their independence, and improve their quality of life.
The proper neurological rehabilitation techniques at Twin Boro Physical Therapy can help individuals regain their independence and improve their quality of life. Keep reading to learn more about it.
What is Neurological Rehabilitation?
Neurological rehabilitation is a therapy that helps patients with symptoms of neurological conditions improve their ability to function. It can help individuals recover from an illness or injury, reduce symptoms, and improve their quality of life. The goal of rehab at Twin Boro is to help people with neurological conditions maximize their independence and reach their highest functional potential. Neurological rehabilitation can help patients with various types of neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Alzheimer’s.
What Conditions are Treated with Neurological Rehabilitation?
Neurological conditions often affect a patient’s ability to walk, talk, think, and remember.
The types of conditions that may be treated with neurological rehabilitation include:
- Ischemic strokes, hemorrhagic strokes and subdural hematomas are all types of vascular disorders.
- Cognitive problems such as memory loss and confusion. They are common occurrences in Alzheimer’s.
- Motor problems such as weakness or paralysis in the arms or legs caused by stroke or head injury, meningitis, encephalitis, polio, and brain abscesses
- Speech problems such as stuttering, and slurring caused by brain injury or stroke
- Degenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, and Huntington chorea.
What are the Most Common Symptoms that Prompt Neurological Rehabilitation?
Neurological rehabilitation is often recommended to help individuals cope with the symptoms of their condition, and Twin Boro is here to help you. These symptoms can present in different ways and affect different body parts. They can range from mild symptoms that can be managed with lifestyle changes to severe symptoms that require medical attention. The most common symptoms that prompt neurological rehabilitation is:
- Loss of strength and coordination: It can affect a person’s ability to perform daily tasks and exercise.
- Sensory loss: Limited feeling of different textures and temperatures can make it difficult and unsafe to perform daily activities. It can also cause injury if someone doesn’t notice they’ve injured themselves.
- Pain: Pain can affect all aspects of life. It is often the primary symptom. It can also cause depression if left untreated.
- Dysphagia: This is a disorder of swallowing (food intake). Neurological conditions, stroke, or neurological surgery can cause it. It can affect the ability to swallow and result in food getting stuck in the esophagus (food pipe).
- Dysautonomia: This is a condition that affects the autonomic nervous system. It can lead to cardiovascular changes, gastrointestinal problems, and many other conditions.
- Loss of mobility and balance: This can make it difficult to perform daily activities. It can also lead to injury if a person doesn’t recognize issues with stability.
What does a Neurological Rehabilitation Program Include?
There is no universal neurological rehabilitation program. Instead, therapists will customize a program for each client based on their condition and needs. The program may include a combination of physical and cognitive exercises. It can help people with mild to severe symptoms and improve their ability to function. People with mild symptoms may only need to make lifestyle changes and participate in short-term therapy sessions. People with severe symptoms may need long-term therapy and even surgery. The type of therapy used is based on the symptoms a person is experiencing. It can also be based on the cause of their symptoms. For example, a person experiencing pain caused by a spinal cord injury will probably receive different treatment than someone experiencing pain caused by multiple sclerosis.
What are the Benefits of Neurological Rehabilitation?
Neurological rehabilitation provides many benefits, including:
- Improved strength and coordination: people with neurological conditions often have poor coordination, muscle weakness, and reduced mobility. Physical and cognitive exercises can help improve these skills and increase strength.
- Reduced pain and improved quality of life: neurological rehabilitation can help people manage the symptoms of their condition. It can also help them avoid further injury.
- Improved ability to perform daily tasks: people with neurological conditions often struggle with their ability to function. Neurological rehabilitation can help them improve their ability to perform tasks and manage their condition.
Twin Boro will help you regain your independence. Physical therapy can increase the flexibility, strength, and endurance of muscles, improve coordination, and balance, and reduce pain associated with movement or weight-bearing activities; thus, helping patients achieve a higher level of function.
When Should I Visit a Physical Therapist to Prevent Loss of Function?
You will probably benefit from physical therapy if you’ve suffered an injury or chronic illness that affects the brain and spinal cord. Any time a person experiences symptoms that affect their ability to function, they should visit a physical therapist. It doesn’t matter if the symptoms are related to a neurological condition. Physical therapy can help people prevent the loss of function from a neurological condition when done early. They’re also a great source of emotional support.
Why Choose Twin Boro for Neurological Rehabilitation?
At Twin Boro Physical Therapy, our physical therapists are neurological rehabilitation experts. We offer various treatment options that can help alleviate your symptoms and allow you to live your best life! Contact us today at 1-866-525-1117 for a free screening or consultation with one of our physical therapists. Our clinicians will listen to your concerns, help determine if you are a candidate for physical therapy treatments and guide you through the scheduling process to make it as easy as possible!