Neurological physical therapy can help people become active after a serious neurological injury or disease. Franciscan Health specialists in neurological physical therapy understand the specific needs of a patient with neurological disorders.
The nervous system is a complex, sophisticated system that regulates and controls all the workings of your body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.
Physical therapy is extremely important for patients who have had or who currently have neurological diseases or injuries. Without physical therapy following a neurological injury, patients may lose many functions, may be unable to perform certain activities, or may lose their independence. Decreased activity can lead to many other health problems such as heart problems, lung problems, and diabetes.
A neurologically-trained physical therapist specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement problems related to disease or injury of the nervous system. Therapists who specialize in neurology work with a wide range of patients who may have one of the following conditions:
Following diagnosis by a physician, the physical therapist will do a comprehensive evaluation of function and issues related to maintaining function and independence. Therapists can help a patient regain some to most of the functions they lost because of an injury, enabling the patient to learn to live independently again. Treatment can lead to a better quality of life for patients and others around them.
Our therapists have specialized training in treatment of individuals with neurological disorders and are dedicated to utilizing the most recent, evidenced-based treatments and assistive technologies, allowing each patient to engage in meaningful and purposeful activities of daily life. Our treatment approach is individually tailored to address specific problem areas and designed to help patients achieve their maximal functional potential.