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Physical Therapy a Key Component of a Neurological Disorders Program 

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By Dr. Michael E. Pomykala, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS,  ///

Neurological disorders are conditions that affect the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Examples of neurological disorders include stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and traumatic brain injury. At Scerbo Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation, the High-Level Neurological Disorders program is administered under the expert care of Dr. Michael E. Pomykala, PT, DPT, OCS, MS, CSCS, and Dr. Frank J. Scerbo, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS.

Physical therapy can play a crucial role in the treatment of these disorders by addressing physical impairments, improving mobility, and enhancing overall quality of life.

Here are some ways physical therapy helps in the treatment of neurological disorders:

  • Mobility Improvement: Physical therapists work on improving a patient’s mobility, helping them regain strength, balance, and coordination. This is essential for individuals with neurological disorders who may experience difficulties in walking or moving certain body parts.
  • Muscle Strength and Endurance: Neurological disorders can lead to muscle weakness and atrophy. Physical therapists design exercises to strengthen muscles, improve endurance, and prevent further deterioration.
  • Range of Motion: Patients with neurological disorders may experience limitations in joint flexibility and range of motion. Physical therapy involves stretching exercises and activities to enhance joint flexibility and maintain optimal range of motion.
  • Posture and Body Mechanics: Neurological conditions can affect posture and body mechanics. Physical therapists focus on correcting and maintaining proper posture to prevent secondary complications and promote overall well-being.
  • Balance and Coordination Training: Many neurological disorders can disrupt balance and coordination. Physical therapists use specific exercises and activities to enhance these skills, reducing the risk of falls and injuries.
  • Gait Training: For individuals with walking difficulties, physical therapists provide gait training to improve walking patterns, stride length, and overall walking ability. This helps in restoring a more natural and efficient gait.
  • Pain Management: Neurological disorders often come with associated pain. Physical therapists use various techniques, including manual therapy, exercises, and modalities, to manage pain and improve a patient’s comfort.
  • Functional Independence: The ultimate goal of physical therapy for neurological disorders is to promote functional independence. Therapists work with patients to enhance their ability to perform daily activities and tasks, making them more self-sufficient.
  • Adaptation and Assistive Devices: Physical therapists assist individuals in adapting to their environment and, when necessary, recommend and teach the use of assistive devices to improve daily functioning.
  • Education and Support: Physical therapists educate patients and their families about the nature of the neurological disorder, its impact on physical function, and the importance of ongoing exercise and rehabilitation. They also provide emotional support throughout the treatment process.

It’s important to note that the specific approach to physical therapy may vary based on the type and severity of the neurological disorder. Individualized treatment plans are designed to address the unique needs and goals of each patient. If neurological symptoms are impacting your way of life, physical therapy may be the key to regaining some of your independence and feeling more like yourself. To learn more about our High-Level Neurological Disorders program contact us at (201) 941-2240.

Dr. Michael E. Pomykala PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS is a licensed neurological clinical specialist (NCS) at Scerbo PT. He is a graduate of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, receiving his Bachelor’s in Health Sciences and Doctorate in Physical Therapy. 

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