Epidemiological research has highlighted that neurological diseases can often be a cause of disability. The potential long-term damages of cerebrovascular dysfunctions, such as stroke, and degenerative illnesses such as Parkinson are sadly known to most. The longer life expectancy of the population has increased the frequency of such diseases, increasing the need for rehabilitation services. These syndromes have a huge socio-economical impact, not only on the patient, but also on those surrounding him. The Fisiokinetic Centre has been actively involved in this particular area of rehabilitation assistance for many years, having developed successful care plans that specifically target the long-term effects of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
During the first consultation, the physiatrist will collect all the relevant clinical data concerning a patient’s case history, to generate a targeted, customized intervention plan, that will take into account all of a patient’s specific needs. This initial consultation and overall check-up are key to a thorough evaluation of the patient’s potential for rehabilitation. A patient’s and their family’s expectations will be taken into account and borne in mind by our professionals at every stage of the process.
Our rehabilitation project acts as a framework to analyze a patient’s need for rehabilitation. It helps us outline the different areas of intervention, and identify realistic objectives.
At the Fisiokinetic Centre we have extensive experience in the treatment of Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis: we have noticed that the patients affected by these two particular diseases are among the most responsive to long-term rehabilitation treatments.
At the Centre, we carry out functional rehabilitation and recovery practices, among which,
- Kinesitherapy, includes rehabilitative neuromotor exercises, proprioceptive rehabilitation, neuromuscular facilitation. These are carried out manually or with the help of small tools or machines (bike, treadmill, isotonic machines) and aim to restore the normal functions of those body parts and muscles affected by disease, to strengthen the healthy ones and recover aerobic skills.
- Rehabilitation aimed at patient independence. We track every patient’s progress towards restoring motor control and cognitive skills, studying how technology and environmental adjustments can be employed in order to improve the patient’s independence, with the aim to re-integrate them into the learning or working environment.
Such as Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Spastic Paraplegia.
These syndromes are best treated through extended, long-term therapy. When rehabilitative treatment is undertaken in the early stages of the disease it can successfully restore most affected functions, producing incredibly positive results that will allow the patient to lead a fulfilling and independent life.
Mental Illnesses, Dementia, Loss of Cognitive Functions
Patients affected by one of the illnesses belonging to this heterogeneous group tend to lead a sedentary lifestyle, and are often not in good physical shape. A large corpus of scientific research points out that psychomotor activity is key to combat both these unhealthy factors, whilst improving mental health. Our care plans take into account our patients’ individual needs and interests, including outdoor exercise, to help reach positive health targets.
Such as ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke.
In these cases it is important to try and fully restore the patient to an autonomous lifestyle, by developing their unaffected abilities. We recommended undertaking 2 or 3 rehabilitative cycles per year, and to schedule in home exercising, too.
Consequences of Cranic or Medullary Trauma
Severe trauma can lead to hemiplegia, paraplegia or tetraplegia. Since this type of trauma often occurs in road accidents, young people can be affected too. Rehabilitation is a necessary intervention in these cases, more so since the pathology does not affect life expectancy.
Consequences of Brain or Spinal Cancer
Certain types of cancer can also lead to hemiplegia or paraplegia. In these cases, too, undertaking rehabilitation can help a patient to adjust to their new condition, learning to employ the full potential of their remaining faculties.
Diseases of the Peripheral Nervous System
Such as facial paralysis, mononeuropathy and polyneuropathy.
Some of the patients suffering from this type of illnesses recover completely thanks to rehabilitation.
There are many other specific illnesses in the field of neuropathy that share at least some of the symptoms with the above. We will assess each patient’s needs individually, during our initial consultation, in order to provide the most effective rehabilitation treatment for his or her symptoms.