So what is Neurological Rehabilitation? Well neurological rehabilitation or neuro rehab for short, is a program that is made to help people who have gone through trauma, are suffering certain diseases, or have a disorder in their nervous system. All neuro rehab programs have to be supervised by a doctor or a doctor or a medical professional. The purpose of neuro rehab is to improve the function, lessen the symptoms, and over all improve the patient’s well being.
So what are the conditions that can be treated or at least benefit from neurological rehabilitation? Basically neuro rehab can help treat injury, infection, defects in body structure, degenerative illnesses, circulatory system disorders, nervous system disorders, and tumors. The following conditions can also benefit from neuro rehab treatment.
- Trauma to the brain and injury to the spinal cord.
- Polio, meningitis, brain abscess, encephalitis, and other similar infections.
- Subdural hematoma, transient ischemic attacks, ischemic strokes through blood clots, hemorrhagic strokes through brain bleeding, and other vascular disorders.
- Seizure disorders, neuralgia, dizziness, chronic headaches, and other functional disorders.
- Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington chorea, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other degenerative disorders.
Neuro rehab programs can be done and performed either outpatient or inpatient. The people responsible or caring for the patient during a neuro rehab program are called the neurological rehabilitation team. The members of the neuro rehab team can include a neurosurgeon or neurologist, orthopedic surgeon or orthopedist, a physiatrist, an internist, rehab specialist, a professional dietitian, a occupational therapist, a physical therapist, a speech or language therapist, a psychiatrist or psychologist, a social worker, a case manager, an audiologist, a recreational therapist, a vocational counselor, and a chaplain.
In order for the Neurological Rehabilitation program to be truly effective, it has to properly be tailored to the patient so as to meet his needs. The type of program that will be used will also have to depend on the type of disease or problem the patient is going through. One of the factors that are important for the program to succeed is the full cooperation of the patient and the active involvement of his family.
The end goal of neuro rehab is to provide assistance to the patient so that he can return to proper function and be as independent as he can be so that he may be able to live a better life physically, emotionally, and be a normal member of society.
So that the end goal may be achieved, the neuro rehab program may include the following activities:
- Language or speech therapy to help patients with problem in speaking, writing, or reading.
- Management exercises for people with depression, stress, and anxiety.
- Movement exercises for people with difficulty in mobility and balance.
- Social skills training to help people return to society properly.
These are just some of the activities that are performed in Neurological Rehabilitation to help patients recover from any disorder or diseases. It is important to understand that the patient should be willing to cooperate in order to truly reach the goal.