Neurological disorders is a catch-all term that includes medically complex diseases that attack the body’s central nervous system. Diseases such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Lou Gehrig’s disease, commonly called ALS, require specialized treatment plans. Our clinicians provide patients with an individualized plan that meets those specific needs. The team is made up of physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech/language pathologists.
What does the team do?
Our therapy team works with each patient and his/her doctor to assess what debilities can be improved with therapy. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, the patient’s doctor may refer the patient for inpatient rehabilitation (overnight hospital stay) or outpatient therapy (visits to the hospital).
In either situation, rehabilitation can address a number of issues including:
- Fall prevention and home safety training
- Self-care skills and mobility
- Strengthening exercises
- Adaptive equipment
- Patient and family education
- Fatigue and endurance
- Swallowing problems
- Impaired memory, problem solving or behavioral issues
- Communication and cognitive problems
- Respiratory impairments
- Balance problems
- Equipment needs