Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Neurological Rehabilitation
Neurological disorders involve injuries or diseases of the central nervous system (the nerves that control the activities inside your body).
People who have neurological disorders may experience problems with movement, breathing, swallowing or speaking. Patients may also develop mood, sensory, memory or learning disorders.
Specialists at Penn State Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) treat both adults and children with neurological disorders. We offer both inpatient (inside the hospital) and outpatient (not requiring a hospital stay) rehabilitation.
Our PM&R physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) and therapists can also help patients find community-based services and medical equipment so that patients may remain at home during rehabilitation.
Conditions we treat
PM&R physiatrists at Penn State Health care for patients with all types of neurological disorders and injuries. More than 600 neurological disorders exist, and the major types include:
- ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease)
- Brain tumors
- Cerebral palsy
- Muscular dystrophies
- Multiple sclerosis
- Multiple traumas
- Neuromuscular diseases
- Parkinson's disease
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Spina bifida
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
How we can help
Our PM&R physiatrists provide comprehensive rehabilitation services to help patients who have neurological disorders. Our goals are to improve function, manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
Our services include:
- Physical therapy to improve strength, flexibility and mobility
- Occupational therapy to help with activities of daily living, including bathing, feeding, grooming, dressing and using the toilet
- Speech and language therapy to enhance speech and communication skills
- Recreational therapy to help patients get back into sports, leisure and community activities
- Specialized pediatric rehabilitation services for children’s unique needs