Without question, people navigating neurological conditions can benefit from, and should be going to physical therapy. In many cases of neurological conditions, a patient’s mobility is impacted and may begin to decline. Re-building muscle strength, improving balance and mobility, or maintaining current strength levels are paramount and areas in which a physical therapist can help.
Physical therapists are movement experts trained to help people navigate a wide variety of diagnoses — even beyond orthopedic issues. When it comes to neurological diseases, there are over a thousand different conditions, and each one impacts every person uniquely. Many people are unaware of the benefits of physical therapy that can drastically improve the quality of life and functional mobility of patients with neurological diagnoses.
Some neurological conditions include:
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Cerebral Vascular Accidents (CVA) - also known more commonly as a stroke
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
Because each condition is different, a person who had a stroke might suffer from a limp and rely on a walking aid; someone with Multiple Sclerosis might suffer from muscle stiffness; a person with Parkinson’s Disease could be prone to falling.
All of these conditions involve musculoskeletal and neurological symptoms that can be addressed with a personalized physical therapy plan of care. This plan is professionally tailored to the patient’s individual goals and physical state. In fact, many physical therapy exercises are crafted and have been researched regarding their efficacy specifically with neurological patients and conditions in mind. Other exercises that may apply to many populations are also relevant to those with neurological issues.
In fact, OneStep was founded to treat stroke survivors. The original mission was to treat them according to their physical state, create personalized physical therapy courses for them, and to help guide them through their recovery. The very foundation of OneStep is based on stroke rehabilitation. As such, we take great pride in our ability to improve the lives of hundreds of patients with similar conditions. While physical therapy may not be able to completely reverse the effects of many neurological conditions, it can, however, improve mobility, relieve pain, and often restore some level of independence to our patients in their everyday lives.
The OneStep physical therapists are all licensed professionals with years of experience across all different fields. If you or a loved one can benefit from the OneStep app, download the app to get started on your recovery journey.