NEUROLOGY PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES
Neurological Physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy that specialises in the treatment and management of people who have a neurological condition resulting from damage to their brain, spinal cord or nerves.
Neurological physiotherapy provides this service in a number of settings, including acute hospital wards, rehabilitation wards, in the community setting (in peoples homes) and in an outpatient setting.
WHAT CONDITION CAN WE HELP?
Motor Neurone Disease
Charcot Marie Tooth
Other Neurological conditions
HOW DO I ACCESS THIS SERVICE?
You can be referred to the Service by your GP, Consultant or Specialist Nurse.
If you feel you would benefit from seeing a neurological physiotherapist, then please discuss a referral with any of the above people.
WHAT DOES AN ASSESSMENT INVOLVE?
Depending upon the symptoms you present with, your assessment will involve the neurological physiotherapist looking at any of the following:
Posture and balance
Muscle power and imbalance
Activities of daily living
You will benefit from wearing loose comfortable clothes or bringing shorts or a vest top if you know the physiotherapist may need to look at the affected area, eg your knee or shoulder joint.
Your assessment may take up to one hour. This is usually made up by some time asking questions about your diagnosis, symptoms you have, taking a short medical history (so please bring a list of your current medication) and discussing what your expectations of physiotherapy are before looking at the areas identified above.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE ASSESSMENT?
Following your assessment the Neurological Physiotherapist will discuss their findings with you in relation to your condition and how these impact on your quality of life.
Treatment plans and appropriate goals will then be agreed with you
WHAT WILL TREATMENT INCLUDE?
Depending on your individual needs, treatment may include:-
HOW CAN I HELP MYSELF?
Read information about your condition (there are support and information groups for many conditions - see the links below)
If given a home exercise programme, continue with it long term to help maintain/improve your physical abilities.
WHERE CAN I FIND OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION?
The Stroke Association
0845 3033 100 www.stroke.org.uk
Multiple Sclerosis Society
0808 800 8000 www.mssociety.org.uk
Headway - The Brain Injury Association
0808 800 2244 www.headway.org.uk
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
0800 652 6352 www.muscular-dystrophy.org
Parkinson’s Disease Society
0800 800 0303 www.parkinsons.org.uk
Motor Neurone Disease Association
08457 626262 www.mndassociation.org
0800 374 803 www.gbs.org.uk
WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION?
Telephone 01302 796458
Telephone 01909 502960