In the case of serious, life altering injuries such as a spinal injury or brain damage, there is an immense impact on the daily life of the patient as he or she struggles with even the most mundane day-to-day activities.
At pt Health we work to limit this loss of ability so that our patients can regain some sense of normalcy and achieve the maximum level of functionality. Neurological rehabilitation helps patients recover from a nervous system injury while reducing or adjusting for any residual nervous system dysfunction.
In order to cope with a condition that affects both the individual and the individual's family, neuro rehabilitation helps to create a new way of living so that an affected individual is able to live and work as normally as possible.
Neurological conditions can cause debilitating weakness, poor balance and reduced mobility that can interfere with daily activities. In addition, the reduced mobility and decreased physical function caused by some neurological conditions can also lead to impaired heart and lung function, fatigue, falls and - in some cases - social isolation.
A physiotherapy treatment plan will use specific therapeutic exercises designed to improve balance, coordination, strength, flexibility, cardiovascular function and overall mood. There are specific exercises designed to activate the muscles affected by the nerves. The goal of neuro rehabilitation is to make the nerves relearn and maximize their functionality.
For people who suffer from nervous system injuries as a result of damage to the brain or spinal cord, neuro rehabilitation is an effective and extremely useful therapy. Neuro rehabilitation typically involves a holistic treatment approach with many therapies involved in treating the various injuries. The treatment programs are tailor-made to the patient. The focus is on achieving the therapeutic goals of both patient and therapist.
There are a wide variety of patients who can benefit from neuro rehab:
- People with Hemiplagia (weakness of one half of body).
- Paraplegia (weakness of both legs).
- Monoplegia (weakness of one arm or leg).
- Quadriplegia (both arms and both legs).
- Childhood developmental delay.
- Traumatic brain injury.
- Stroke patients.
- Multiple Sclerosis.
- Parkinson's Disease.
Is there a difference between a brain injury and a head injury?
A brain injury implies damage to the brain itself. Most head injuries should actually be be termed brain injuries.
How can a nervous system injury affect the patient's quality of life?
Reaction to a brain injury differs for each individual. In some cases, the effect can be profound and affects almost all aspects of an patient's life. As such, the approach to rehabilitation depends on the intensity of the injury. The rehabilitative process will be heavily influenced by a patient's level of motivation and by the patient's support system.
Will the cost of neuro rehabilitation be covered by insurance?
In many cases, health insurance does cover neuro rehabilitation. Check with your health insurance provider for more information.
What is neuro rehabilitation?
The focus of neuro rehabilitation is to improve the functioning of the nervous system or to look for new ways to achieve normal function. Physiotherapists will help patients cope with physical, behavioral and cognitive issues.
What can a neuro rehabilitation therapy patient expect?
The patient will have a customized program that is relevant to their case. The therapy sessions can happen either individually or in groups. The various types of therapies concentrate on improving functioning at all levels; physical, behavioral and cognitive.
pt Health therapy services are covered by most extended health insurance companies and in some cases Veterans Affairs and Medicare - such as OHIP (Ontario), Alberta Health Care and Medical Service Plan MSP (British Columbia). Not sure if you're covered? No problem. We can help you find out (and usually within the hour). Just call us toll free at 1-866-749-7461.
At pt Health we believe your health should come first. We take care of the paperwork so you can focus on getting better, plus we offer direct insurance billing, saving you time and up front costs.
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1. The journal, Nature Reviews, published a research summary on New Treatments in Neuro Rehabilitation in 2002.
2. The National Stroke Research Institute published a research summary on Study of the Effectiveness of Neurorehabilitation on Sensation
The findings of these studies were also reported in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2005.
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