A neurological physical therapist is one who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement difficulties due to an injury or disease of the nervous system. A neurologic clinical specialist (NCS) is a physical therapist who has advanced training in neurological therapy. These specialists develop a plan of care using a variety of treatment techniques to help restore function and help you move better with a neurological condition, such as Parkinson’s disease or stroke. Neurological conditions are challenging and having a team of these specialists on your side is very beneficial. Studies have shown that physical therapy is very beneficial to those who suffer from neurological conditions.
Neuro Therapy and Physical Therapy
Neuro therapy is a non-invasive treatment that allows individuals to gain information about their brain activity and learn how to change it. Brainwave activity is measured with an EEG, and “brain maps” are created. Physical therapists work closely with those who specialize in neurological therapy. Without physical therapy following a neurological injury, children may be unable to perform certain activities, lose function and lose their independence. Physical therapists who specialize in neurology work with a wide range of children who may have the following conditions:
- Developmental Coordination Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Children with Motor and Intellectual Disabilities
- Down syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Brachial Plexus Injury
- Acquired Brain Injuries (Near drowning, traumatic brain injuries, tumors)
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Myelodysplasia/Spina Bifida
In addition, our pediatric physical therapists will focus on making recommendations for adaptive equipment such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, braces and other devices. The goal of physical therapy is to maintain safety with walking and independence for as long as possible.
The field of neurological therapy and physical therapy work together today. It gives patients who suffer from a neurological condition the best of both worlds. Does your child suffer from a neurological condition? Is this condition impacting their lifestyle? If so, be sure to contact Oceanside Therapy Group today for a one-on-one consultation and comprehensive assessment. Our skilled and knowledgeable Oceanside, CA physical therapists can help your child manage the symptoms of their neurological condition. Each child has unique needs, and our therapists will provide you with an individualized treatment plan for success.