Physical Therapy for Neurological Disorders

Posted on: September 25th, 2015 by Horizon Rehab Blogger
Neurological disorders impact millions of people, but there are physical therapy options to help you retain function.

Neurological disorders impact millions of people, but there are physical therapy options to help you retain function.


They are disorders that affect millions of Americans, slowly taking away muscle function and independence. We’re talking about neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and strokes. While being diagnosed with one of these conditions can be scary, Horizon Rehab is here to provide you with the physical therapy services you need to help retain and regain function, range of motion and independence. But before you start your therapy, it’s important that you know how each of these conditions can affect your body.

The Effects of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) has two main types, or courses: relapsing-remitting or progressive. Relapsing-remitting MS is a course that sees symptoms lie dormant for long periods, sometimes years, before returning. Progressive MS occurs when symptoms start, but there is no relapse. MS symptoms include numbness in the body, often in the legs, loss of vision, tingling pain, fatigue, gait issues and more. There is no known cure for MS.

Horizon Rehab can help treat MS by working with patients to improve balance issues, increase and maintain strength and reduce fatigue. We can also make evaluate your home or vehicle to determine if you require any adaptive equipment.

The Effects of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease, like some forms of MS, is a progressive disorder that primarily impacts the nerves. Beginning with tremors that may be subtle, if not unnoticeable, Parkinson’s disease slowly progresses to the point where mobility becomes an issue. Other symptoms for Parkinson’s disease include tight muscles, balance issues and changes in speech. Like MS, Parkinson’s disease has no cure, but symptoms can be managed with medication and physical therapy.

Horizon Rehab has a LSVT BIG-certified therapist that help patients maintain function and control of their movements. This requires intense therapy to keep everyday movements, improving gait and flexibility while limiting the effects of freezing and rigid muscles.

The Effects of a Stroke

A stroke is a very serious condition that can be fatal if symptoms aren’t recognized. Strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is disrupted in some way. Symptoms of a stroke include headaches, partial paralysis in the face, arms and legs, vision troubles and sudden speech issues.

Horizon Rehab focuses on helping patients recover from strokes. This is done through a series of exercises that help improve range of motion and to retrain your body to perform normal functions again.

To learn more about Horizon Rehab’s neurological rehab services, contact us or visit one of our four offices.

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