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What is Neurological Physical Therapy?
Neurological physical therapy helps patients regain their ability to function daily after a neurological injury or illness, such as a stroke, brain injury, or the onset of symptoms caused by a neurological disease. It is helpful to understand the purpose of neurological physical therapy and how it works to determine if it is right for you or a loved one.
Reviewing the purpose of neurological physical therapy
When an individual experiences a physical injury (e.g., a broken bone), they go to physical therapy to regain the function of the injured part of the body. Neurological physical therapy applies the same concept, except it is used to provide therapy related to the nervous system instead.
Neurological physical therapy defined
Neurological physical therapy is a method of physical therapy that focuses on the rehabilitation and strengthening of individuals who have experienced an injury or illness related to the nervous system. The goal of neurological physical therapy is to improve the symptoms caused by the condition and improve function and overall quality of life.
What does a neurological physical therapist do?
neurological physical therapy is different for every patient based on their purpose for the therapy and treatment goals. For many patients, the focus of therapy is to improve their functional capabilities with activities of daily living (ADLs). The most common types of treatments include:
- Stretching exercises
- Treadmill activities
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Controlled strength training
- At-home assignments
Of course, there are dozens of treatment options, and every treatment plan is completely personalized based on the needs and treatment preferences of the patient.
Who is the ideal candidate for neurological physical therapy?
Neurological physical therapy can help with the treatment of a range of conditions. Notable conditions that have been reported to improve through neurological physical therapy include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injury
- Other neurological conditions
There is no set list of conditions that neurological physical therapy can and cannot treat. The best way to determine if treatment is appropriate for your needs or the needs of a loved one is to visit a physical therapist for a consultation.
What can I expect on the first visit for neurological physical therapy?
The patient does not have to begin neurological physical therapy on the first visit. Instead, they can ask any questions they have and get to know the physical therapy team better. They can put together a personalized treatment plan to help the patient continually improve their motor functions and physical abilities over time. Once a treatment plan is in place, they can schedule a follow-up visit and get started with the path to improvement through neurological physical therapy.
Schedule a visit with our physical therapy team today
You can schedule a visit with our physical therapy team today to learn more about neurological physical therapy. We take pride in helping our patients recover from an illness or injury related to the nervous system, and we are glad to answer your questions and guide you through the treatment process.
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