The nervous system controls and regulates a large number of bodily functions. So when neurological conditions or injuries occur, even switching from walking on tiles to walking on grass can be hard to adjust to.
Physical therapy is often used to help recover from bodily injuries such as broken bones or sprains. However, when it comes to neurological issues, physical therapy can help you become more conscious of your movements.
To help you regain your independence and confidence, Dr. David Sudderth shares how physical therapy can help you recover from neurological disorders and injuries.
Neurological disorders can cause problems with movement, speech, breathing, learning, and swallowing. Disorders can also cause mood, sensory, and memory problems.
For example, in Parkinson’s disease, neurons don’t produce enough dopamine to regulate movements. So a Parkinson’s sufferer may find it difficult to make the transition from walking on one type of surface to another without losing their balance.
With the help of special equipment, physical therapists can mimic these situations and enable you to become more aware of your movements. This helps you get better at balancing your body without the risk of falling down and getting injured.
Estimates show that one in four Americans over age 65 experiences falls. Falling down is also the leading cause of fatal injury in older adults. Therefore, physical therapy can be lifesaving for many patients with motor issues.
Neurological injuries may occur after an accident or a violent incident. In some cases, neurological injuries aren’t obvious, as there’s no open wound or skull fracture, but symptoms may still occur.
The leading cause of nontraumatic brain injury is stroke. If you’ve suffered a stroke, physical therapy can help you relearn how to walk, sit, stand up, and make transitions from one movement to another.
Other causes of nontraumatic brain injuries include inflammation, infections, benign tumors, and cancer.
Seeing your body unable to respond to your wishes the way it used to can be heartbreaking. Physical therapy puts you in the driver’s seat once again. It helps you self-calibrate your movements instead of relying on your brain to do it automatically.
Physical therapy may be difficult in the beginning, but we’re with you every step of the way and will provide you expert advice on how to steadily regain control over your body. If you live in Fort Myers, Florida, contact us by phone or online to schedule an appointment and start taking steps toward recovery today.