Neurological rehabilitation is a supervised program designed for people with diseases, trauma, or disorders of the nervous system. Managed by a trained physical therapist who specializes in neurological disorders, neurological rehabilitation can often improve day-to-day activities, reduce symptoms, and improve a patient’s overall health.
The types of neurological disabilities that can physical therapy can help with are:
- alzheimer’s disease
- cerebral palsy
- Parkinson’s disease
- multiple sclerosis
- spinal cord injuries
Patients with these neurological disabilities may struggle with impairments with their balance, vision, movement, activities of daily living, speech, or loss of functional independence.
Physical therapy is very important for people who have previously experienced, or currently have a neurological disease or injury. An injury to a person’s brain or spinal cord may cause death of cells which control specific movements and sensations, leading to loss of function. Physical therapy can help a person to remain able to perform certain activities. Decreased activities can lead to potential lung or heart problems, decreased independence, diabetes, and an overall reduction in their quality of life. Physical therapy can help restore function to improve overall quality of life.