Living with a neurological disorder or recovering from a brain injury can be a frustrating process. Patients are often faced with relearning simple tasks and find new ways of doing things, which is a struggle for both the patient and family. Neurological rehabilitation is a medically-supervised program to help patients reclaim their quality of life and restore as much movement as possible.
Whether you or a loved one has experienced a disease, injury, or disorder of the nervous system, neurological rehab can often improve function, reduce symptoms and improve well-being.
Baptist Rehab’s program provides monitored exercise sessions, speech therapy and other specialized programs for patients who have experienced various
forms of neurological events.
Do I Need Neurological Rehab?
Neurological rehabilitation depends on the severity of your condition and diagnosis. Generally, patients who have been diagnosed with a neurological disorder, have experienced a neurological event (such as a stroke) or suffered a traumatic brain injury go through treatment. Your doctor will determine if neurological rehab is necessary.
A few common symptoms associated with these conditions are:
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Muscle weakness
- Unexplained pain
- Decreased alertness
- Difficulty reading, writing or speaking
- Changes in hearing or vision
- Poor cognitive abilities or memory loss
What Conditions Does Neurological Rehab Treat?
There are hundreds of different neurological disorders and diseases. A few common conditions that benefit from neuro rehabilitation are:
- Vascular disorders, such as stroke, subdural hematoma, transient ischemic attacks
- Functional disorders, such as headache, seizure disorder, dizziness, neuralgia
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Degenerative disorders such as ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson disease and multiple sclerosis
- Vestibular disorders
- Brain and spinal cord injury
- Infections (meningitis, encephalitis, polio, brain abscesses)
What is Involved with Treatment?
Neurological rehabilitation is a combination of different activities and types of therapy, depending on your specific needs. Your individualized treatment program may include:
- Speech therapy (link to speech therapy page) to help with speaking, writing, reading or swallowing
- Exercises to improve movement/mobility, balance, walking and muscle control
- Occupational therapy (link to occupational therapy page) to help with activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, bathing, cooking, handwriting and cleaning
- Activities to build strength
- Stress, anxiety and depression management
- Exercises to improve concentration, memory, attention or other cognitive needs