What Is Neuro Rehabilitation?
Neuro rehabilitation helps people with neurological disorders maximise their quality of life.
Progressive neurological disorders such as dementias, Parkinson's and tumours and isolated neurological events such as traumatic brain injuries and strokes can benefit enormously from neuro rehabilitation
Once the acute stage of treatment for a brain injury is completed, neuro rehabilitation steps in to help the patient recover, maximise their functional and cognitive abilities and to help them realise their personal goals.
The journey to recovery can be a long one and require a lot of decisions to be made, particularly if there is a legal case involved. You can read more about how we can help with Litigation Support and Case Management.
How does neuro rehabilitation work?
Neuropsychologists are interested in how an individual's brain affects how they behave in their life - emotionally, physically, socially and cognitively.
The first step to neuro rehabilitation is a full assessment involving some tests. Some of these will test overall brain function, some will look at specific brain functions. The neuropsychologist will use the results from these tests, teamed with an understanding of your difficulties to develop a comprehensive picture of what might be going on for you and what treatment could help.
The good news is there are many different neuro rehabilitation treatment options that can help.
- Remediation treatments help restore lost skills through repetitive, specialist exercises.
- Compensatory treatments help utilise intact skills to make up for deficits in other areas
- Psychoeducation can be vitally important to ensure the patient and their family understand their condition and what it entails
- Therapeutic treatments can help the patient deal with the trauma that caused the injury as well as any adjustments that are needed
- Cognitive treatments - the brain as an amazing ability to adapt and recover after injury. Parts of the brain can re-purpose themselves to take over the functioning of the damaged areas. This is most effective soon after the injury, when the brain releases certain hormones that help aid recovery and neurogenesis occurs - the growth of new neurons.
Supporting specialisms for rehabilitation:
- Physiotherapists can help to alleviate any physical difficulties or disability that the injury may have caused.
- Occupational therapists can help to teach strategies and improve a range of abilities in order to help someone get back to work or to their hobbies and sports.
- Speech and Language therapists can help people to work on any language difficulties they have or to overcome issues with swallowing and eating if there is any muscle weakness in the throat.
- Vocational support workers can help someone to reintegrate with the local community
- Dietitians can help to work on diet plans and eating regimes - this can often be problematic after a brain injury.
If you would like to speak to a qualified advisor about the Neuro Rehabilitation services we offer, please call 0203 326 9160.