A neurological physical therapist treats people with movement problems due to injury or disease involving the brain and nervous system. Common neurological conditions that we see at Activcore include:
A stroke occurs when there is an interruption of blood flow to a certain area of the brain, leading to brain cell injury and death. The specific problems that people struggle with after a stroke depend on which area of the brain was affected. Common deficits after a stroke include weakness, sensory loss, visual loss, decreased coordination, and difficulty with speech comprehension or expression. Deficits often occur on only one side of the body. Early physical rehabilitation as part of a multidisciplinary approach is important for maximizing recovery from a stroke. But even if your stroke was years ago, physical therapy can still help improve your ability to move and any pain you may have.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the brain is damaged by sudden trauma from a fall, car crash, or blow to the head. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the extent of the injury. People recovering from a TBI can have a combination of physical, cognitive, sensory, and behavioral symptoms. Physical therapy is often an important part of regaining strength, balance, and coordination after a TBI.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive neurological disease that impairs the ability of your body’s nerves to communicate with each other. Symptoms vary widely, but often include fatigue, muscle weakness, sensory deficits, and loss of balance. Some people with MS will need a walker or a wheelchair to get around. Physical therapy can help people with MS slow the progression of their symptoms and improve their ability to perform their daily activities at home and in the community.
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that occurs when the neurons in the brain that produce dopamine become impaired or die. The most common symptoms are tremor, stiffness of the limbs and trunk, slowness of movement, and impaired balance and coordination. People with Parkinson’s also often develop a distinctive gait pattern with increased forward lean, small quick steps, and reduced arm swing. Some also have difficulty initiating or continuing movement. In combination with medical treatment, physical therapy can help people with Parkinson’s improve their gait, strength, balance, and coordination.
Physical limitations that arise from neurological disorders are different for each individual and will require a highly individualized treatment plan. At Activcore, we are well equipped to give you the time and attention needed to address your specific issues. Together, you and your physical therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan to maximize your quality of life. Each treatment session will be one-on-one with your physical therapist in a private setting for a personalized experience designed around your goals.
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