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Neurological rehabilitation is a doctor-supervised program designed to help patients
recover from neurological illnesses or injuries. It also teaches patients to compensate for
some lost physical functions through speech therapy, motor therapy, and other
treatment methods.

Some illnesses treated by neuro rehab are cerebral palsy, genetic neurological
disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post-polio syndrome, Guillain-Barre
syndrome, neuropathies, spinal cord lesions, and stroke.

How neuro rehab works

Neurological rehabilitation aims to help a person live a normal, active, and independent life despite limitations caused by neurological disorder or injury. A person’s mobility and self-perception can be greatly affected by those injury or disorder

Being diagnosed with a neurological disorder can be challenging and overwhelming. The goal of neurological therapists is to help patients and their families overcome the physical, cognitive, and emotional issues that may come along. There are different goals for a treatment depending on areas affected by the disorder.

Rehabilitation helps patients:

  • Enhance their functions to be independent on the performance of daily tasks
  • Increase strength, balance, and mobility
  • Improve speech
  • Develop new motor skills that will compensate for lost functions
  • Develop emotional and cognitive functions that will enhance self-perception
  • Improve a person’s well-being to maintain social interactions

Treatment methods

There are different settings where the therapy can be carried out and will be determined after a patient’s needs are assessed. Rehabilitation can be carried out in-home, inpatient, or through daily treatment programs. There are many treatment methods used to help a patient achieve the goals of neuro rehab.


Some of these are:

  • Physical therapy to restore strength, balance, or endurance
  • Occupational therapy to restore the activities of daily living
  • Speech therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Rehabilitative nursing
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Patient and family education
  • Recreational therapy
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Vocational rehabilitation