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Neuro Rehabilitation

Neuro Rehabilitation

Neurorehabilitation uses nonsurgical therapies to restore functions affected by brain and nervous system disorders. Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders (DCND) has specialized physical medicine and rehabilitation teams at offices in Dayton, Centerville, and Beavercreek, Ohio. They offer comprehensive rehabilitation to patients after strokes and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and those with multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, and many other conditions. Ask your health care provider for a referral, then the DCND office will call you to schedule an evaluation.

Neuro Rehabilitation Q & A

What is neurorehabilitation?

Neuro (neurological) rehabilitation helps patients live more active, productive lives despite the problems caused by brain and/or nervous system injuries and disabilities. It’s an important part of patients’ treatment programs at Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders.

One of the primary physical medicine and rehabilitation goals is to improve your quality of life by putting a suitable rehab plan into place. If you follow it properly, your plan can dramatically change how you feel emotionally and physically.

What conditions does neurorehabilitation treat?

Neurorehabilitation is helpful for many brain and central nervous system conditions, including:

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Peripheral neuropathy

The practice’s physical medicine and rehabilitation providers work with your neurologist to improve your quality of life. They employ nonsurgical treatments and approaches to increase physical function and often refer patients to other medical specialists or medical device manufacturers.

What problems can neurorehabilitation help me with?

The problems each patient has vary depending on their illness and its severity, but common issues neurorehabilitation can help with include:

  • Pain
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty speaking, reading, and writing
  • Incontinence
  • Lack of mobility
  • Poor muscle control
  • Difficulties walking and balancing
  • Weakness

Neuro rehab can also help with daily living activities, such as eating, dressing, bathing, cooking, toileting, and housekeeping.

What can I expect from neurorehabilitation?

Neurorehabilitation forms part of your comprehensive treatment plan, which the Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders team personalizes for each patient. Your doctor works with you to develop a rehab plan that might include anything from therapeutic exercise and self-care education to using adaptive equipment and assistance devices. 

You might need to undergo electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) to assess your condition and progress. These procedures look at nerve and muscle function, stimulating specific nerves and recording how well they conduct signals to your muscles. 

Nerve blocks can also be useful in neurorehabilitation. These are injections containing local anesthetic that completely numb a specific area.

For example, a sphenopalatine ganglion block numbs the facial nerves causing head pain. An occipital nerve block helps reduce inflammation and swelling around the nerves causing occipital neuralgia (pain coming from the back of the head).

To learn more about the neurorehabilitation services available, call Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders today or ask your health care provider for a referral.