People with Stroke or Head Injury need specialist and experienced help. We work all over Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.
and rarer brain or nervous system disorders, like Guillain – Barre, Neuropathies, Myelitis, Korsakoff’s Syndrome and more. Just ask.
Your Questions Answered
My Mum Has Had a Stroke…
The doctors said that her recovery would continue for six months. It’s well past that now, is there still hope?
It’s true to say that a lot of people’s spontaneous recovery comes in the early months. In this area this means for most that they have been in the Stroke Unit at Newton Abbot Community Hospital.
Many people have told me that they had a great deal of difficulty really taking part in their rehabilitation during that time.
Most are in Torbay, Derriford or Exeter stroke units in the early days and for some that adds to the difficulty. Being away from home’s familiar faces and surroundings can be tough. Back at home , with help from family and friends, many people are more able to put the most into their programme.
In many areas in Britain it’s also the point where the amount of professional help starts to diminish.
My Daughter Has Had a Head Injury…
We have been told that she’ll never walk again, but we just can’t accept it. What else can be done?
Major head injuries can take a long time to recover from. Rehabilitation can go on for years, and few places in UK can provide the resources to continue helping and go on to achieve full potential.Of course as a physiotherapist I would say that physiotherapy should continue as long as it’s needed.
But head injuries are complex, and we aim to involve the right individuals to make sure that every opportunity for improvement is taken. Occupational therapists, Neuro-Pyschologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Neurologists or Neuro-Surgeons all can play an equal part, as well as organisations such as Headway and Paul for Brain Recovery.
My Dad Has Been Told He Has Parkinson’s Disease…
They said that medication will help. Is there anything else that will help him keep his ability to walk?
Parkinson’s disease sufferers can be helped in a variety of ways, but specialist posture and balance training can reduce the work of muscles in the arms and hands, reducing tremor or any trouble with dexterity, and improving walking ability.