The Spire Wellesley Hospital Physiotherapy department has a team of specialist physiotherapists with skills in a variety of conditions, including those with a special interest in Neurology. This involves treatments for patients who have suffered from damage to the brain and nervous system, typically ‘Strokes’, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Although most of these treatments are supplied in our physiotherapy outpatient department, treatments are sometimes done at the patient’s home where mobility problems make it difficult to attend the hospital.
Our specialist Physiotherapy team provide treatments for patients who have suffered from damage to the brain and nervous system, typically ‘Strokes’, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
A stroke occurs when there is either a blockage of an artery in the brain (cerebral ischaemia or infarction), or a haemorrhage, where an artery in the brain bursts. Around half of stroke survivors are left with significant disability. The brain is however very adaptable and, with physiotherapy, recovery can take place over a period of years for a good percentage of patients.
Parkinson's disease is caused by the progressive impairment or deterioration of neurons (nerve cells) in an area of the brain known as the Substantia Nigra. When functioning normally, these neurons produce a vital brain chemical known as Dopamine. This serves as a chemical messenger, allowing communication between certain areas of the brain, and coordinates smooth and balanced muscle movement. A lack of Dopamine results in abnormal nerve functioning, causing a loss in the ability to control body movements. The main areas in which Physiotherapists help people with Parkinson's Disease are posture, range of movement, walking and turning, and balance and transfers.
Although it is still not fully understood what causes Multiple Sclerosis (MS), there is interesting data that suggests that genetics, a person's environment, and possibly even a virus may play a role. MS is an autoimmune disease in which cells of the immune system attack the nerve cells or neurones of the brain and spinal cord leading to disruption of the electrical signals by which the brain communicates with the rest of body and vice versa. Physiotherapy can be of great benefit to people with MS. It helps maintain independence by improving symptoms such as fatigue and tremor, as well as preventing loss of mobility, strength and balance.
To find out more about the services we provide or to book an appointment with one of our specialist physiotherapists at the Spire Wellesley Hospital, please call us on 01702 447 904.
The Spire Wellesley Hospital also gives you easy access to expert consultants, X-Rays and ultrasound scans, and state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanning facilities.