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Neurological Conditions

Maintain your health. Is Physiotherapy for me?

Chartered Physiotherapists working in the area of Neurology are specially trained in the assessment and treatment of individuals with neurological impairments. The Chartered Physiotherapists aim is to enhance and maximise the functional ability of a person with a neurological impairment and to help improve their quality of life.

You may be treated in many different settings including your own home, an outpatient clinic, in hospital, in a rehabilitation setting or within group exercise or education classes. 

What are the conditions treated?

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Balance and co-ordination problems including Ataxia
  • Vestibular conditions including Vertigo
  • Facial/ Bell’s Palsy
  • Dystonia

What will my Chartered Physiotherapist do?

Your physiotherapist will carry out an initial assessment to gain an insight into your condition and the main difficulties that you are experiencing. This will include questions about your symptoms and activity limitations as well as you general medical history.

Following this your physiotherapist will carry out a detailed neurological assessment to identify your physical impairments. This is likely to include an assessment of muscle strength and muscle tone, joint flexibility, your walking, balance and functional ability.

Together with your physiotherapist you will establish specific goals to achieve with therapy.  Your Physiotherapist will then recommend an individualised treatment plan to help you achieve these goals.

What are the treatments?

The treatments recommended by your Chartered Physiotherapist will be based on the results of you assessment and agreed goals and will be specifically tailored to you.  Your individual treatment plan may incorporate some of all of the following:

  • Advise and Education
  • Postural training
  • Normal movement re-training
  • Mobility training and re-education
  • Provision of splints or walking aids
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Balance re-education and rehabilitation
  • Falls prevention
  • Home exercise programmes
  • Advice on lifestyle and fatigue management
  • Addressing issues to prevent long term problems from presenting

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