Neurological Disorders Happy Valley, OR

Neurological Disorders

A neurological physical therapist is one who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement difficulties due to an injury or disease of the nervous system. These specialists develop a plan of care using a variety of treatment techniques to help restore function and help you move better with a neurological condition, such as Parkinson’s disease, MS, spinal cord injury or stroke. Neurological conditions are challenging and having a team of these specialists on your side is very beneficial. Studies have shown that physical therapy is very beneficial to those who suffer from neurological conditions by working to improve function around each person’s unique limitations.

Neuro-Therapy and Physical Therapy

Neuro therapy is a non-invasive treatment that allows individuals to gain information how their bodies interact with their neurologic function. Without physical therapy following a neurological injury, limitations can prevent people from living as independently as able, and require increased assistance from family and caregivers. Physical therapists who specialize in neurology work with a wide range of patients who may have the following conditions:

  • Parkinson’s disease (PD)
  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Spinal cord injuries (SCI)

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that affects the brain by interrupting use of a neurotransmitter called dopamine. It’s a progressive disease. The disease causes quiet speech, tremors and flat facial expressions. Physical therapy has been shown to help those with chronic conditions like Parkinson’s disease. It improves flexibility and strength. As a matter of fact, physical therapy is now an essential part of many treatment plans. Your physical therapist can help address the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as gait, freezing, and dystonia.

Stroke is a leading cause of disability in adults. Your physical therapist is part of the stroke rehabilitation team and will develop an individualized plan for the best outcome. Your physical therapist can help you improve walking and balance, train you on how to use assistive devices and provide training for your caregivers. Therapy typically includes constraint-induced movement therapy, functional electrical stimulation, motor image, partial body weight support and biofeedback. Biofeedback is a type of neurological therapy that helps you be aware of how your muscles work with more complex patterns and actions. The physical therapist will attach electrodes to your skin, so you can see measurements of muscle activity on a screen. The goal of your physical therapist is to help you regain functional skills after a stroke, so you can get back to your life.

With multiple sclerosis, it’s likely that you’ll be feeling weakness, fatigue, and pain. Physical therapy can help you manage the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. A physical therapist will help you with stretches to ease muscle spasms, exercises to keep muscles strong and specific range-of-motion exercises for movement. With physical therapy, you can improve balance problems and trouble moving your body. You’ll also be given expert instruction on how to use assistive devices, such as a cane or wheelchair. A physical therapist can help you through all the stages of multiple sclerosis.

Physical therapy gives patients who suffer from a neurological condition a new way to progress with these challenging diagnoses. Do you suffer from a neurological condition? Is this condition impacting your lifestyle? Contact us at Happy Valley, OR center for a one-on-one consultation and comprehensive assessment. Our skilled and knowledgeable physical therapists can help you manage the symptoms of your neurological condition. Each patient has unique needs, and our physical therapists will provide you with an individualized treatment plan for success.