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What is physiotherapy for Complex Neurological Conditions?

It is important to note that neurology is a very broad term and all physiotherapists use neurological principles as the foundation for their assessment and treatments. 

For the purposes of this website, a complex neurological condition will be  looked at as pathology or trauma of the spinal cord and brain.  Stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease, MS and ALS can all fall under this category.

Pathology such as spinal cord injury and stroke are part of the core education of all physiotherapists, but only certain therapists deal with these conditions on a regular basis (especially in an out-patient setting).  Therapists who regularly work with complex neurological conditions develop specialized assessment and treatment skills through experience and professional development.

Physiotherapy is a very important part of recovery and maintenance after acquiring a complex neurological condition. In many cases, improvement in physical function can be made with dedication to the appropriate exercise regime. When improvement plateaus, physiotherapists are experts at providing alternative strategies to perform daily tasks, such as making modifications to the environment and equipment or teaching patients how to make better use of the physical abilities that they have.  

Physio Roots understands that there are many conditions and that a simple checkbox will not cut it.  This is why clinics are given the option to choose specific conditions in which they feel competent in providing the full spectrum of care.  Many out-patient physiotherapy clinics have therapists who are competent in providing the full spectrum of care for particular complex neurological conditions.  Physio Roots is making an effort to identify these clinics to improve the access to care for patients.

This article is not intended to be a literature review. References to scientific evidence may be provided to substantiate some information; however, this may not always be the case. For more information regarding scientific evidence pertaining to a specific treatment or service, speak with your physiotherapist or contact your provincial physiotherapy college.
Last updated Jun 20, 2020