Neurogenerative diseases result in loss of structure and function of nerve cells that are responsible for the functioning of the nervous system. Our services include:
- Parkinson’s disease rehabilitation by providing physiotherapy for parkinson’s
- Parkinson-plus syndromes rehabilitation
- Alzheimer’s dementia treatment
- Physiotherapy for Multiple system atrophy
- Hereditary and non-hereditary ataxias rehabilitation
This is not an all-inclusive list and anyone with a degenerative brain disease that can affect their physical and cognitive function can benefit from our services.
Usually individuals affected by these conditions can have a number of symptoms such as
- Impaired walking and balance, leading to frequent falls and fractures
- Memory impairment
- Swallow impairment especially as silent aspiration of food and liquids
- Abnormal coordination of movements of the arms and legs
- Difficulty initiating a particular movement – slow in performing a task
- Weakness of the muscles of the arms and legs
Our comprehensive, interdisciplinary team approach (i.e. care being provided by various disciplines in a coordinated fashion) with Physician (Physiatrist), Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Neuropsychologist, Nutritionist and a Rehabilitation Nurse can help reduce your symptoms. Our treatment is not a substitution for medications that treat the underlying cause but is a supplementation to such treatments to maximize your recovery, and therefore you should continue seeing a Neurologist for diagnosis and treatment of the underlying problem (when such treatments are available). Not all patients will require all services and usually, a combination of these services is required for an individual patient. You will be evaluated at the initial visit to determine what services you require and a tailored treatment plan will be initiated.
Patients will be evaluated by the Physician first to determine the nature and severity of the medical condition, then formulate a treatment plan that best suits them. Depending on the patient’s symptoms, the treatment plan will include focussing on various exercises and treatment modalities, which will be executed by the rest of the healthcare team.
The Physiotherapist trains patients on various physical exercises recommended by the Physician to improve weakness in the arms and legs, their walking speed and balance which can help reduce falls, improve coordination of movements of the arms and legs, reduce muscle tightness and improve aerobic endurance. They also use physical modalities to reduce muscle and tendon tightnessand prevent muscle atrophy.
Occupational therapist will help patients with severe physical and/or cognitive impairment to be independent by training them on various physical activities of daily living such as moving in the bed, transferring from one place to another, eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, and driving.The final phase of treatment involves patient training for successful community integration (education, employment etc).
The Neuropsychologist evaluates patients for with depression and anxiety that is commonly seen after any major life-changing illness and guides them through the process of rehabilitation thereby improving their quality of life through motivation and counseling.
Malnutrition or undernourishment is a common problem in this population. For optimal recovery, appropriate nutrition is essential and a Nutritionist recommends appropriate nutrition intake.
Expectations of Recovery
Neurodegenerative brain diseases by nature are progressive. Our treatment can improve muscle strength, aerobic endurance, improve your walking speed, improve balance, prevent falls, improve swallow and reduce the risk of aspiration, improve speech and communication, and address their mood. These benefits can help them be as independent as possible with daily living and can significantly improve your quality of life.