Neurologic rehabilitation: A multidisciplinary approach to care

Suffering a stroke or a traumatic brain injury can be a complex and devastating event that can drastically change a person’s quality of life. Injuries to the brain can result in loss of mobility, speech function, and cognitive ability. Neurologic rehabilitation is a program designed for people with diseases, trauma or disorders of the nervous system. This type of program can often improve function, reduce symptoms and improve overall well-being.

Types of conditions that may benefit

  • Brain tumors
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Closed head injuries
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Nerve injuries and conditions, including neuropathy and myopathy
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Stroke

Multidisciplinary approach

A neurologic rehabilitation program is designed to meet the needs of the individual person, depending on the specific problem or disease. The goal of neurologic rehabilitation is to help a person return to the highest level of function and independence possible while improving quality of life. Neurologic rehab consists of a multidisciplinary approach that may include several types of therapy including physical, occupational and speech therapies.

The aim of physical therapy is to have the person relearn simple motor activities such as walking, sitting, standing, lying down, and the process of switching from one type of movement to another. Occupational therapy helps patients relearn daily activities through exercise and training. Its goal is to help the person with activities such as eating, drinking and swallowing, dressing, bathing, cooking, reading and writing, and using the toilet. Occupational therapists seek to help the patient become independent or semi-independent. Speech therapy helps people relearn language and speaking skills, or learn other forms of communication. Speech therapy is appropriate for people who have no problems with cognition or thinking, but have problems understanding speech or written words, or problems forming speech.

A neurologic rehabilitation program, such as the one at Rehab First, is personalized to fit the individual and their goals and needs. A person’s care team may include several specialized health professionals including: a neurologist, internal medicine physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, a speech/language pathologist, a rehab service director, a pharmacy consultant and a registered dietitian. At Rehab First, we blend therapeutic techniques with specialized educational programs to ensure that each patient receives quality care and attention that yields results. To learn more about how Rehab First can help you with neurologic or other rehabilitation, contact us here or call 877-707-2280.

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