Guillain – Barre Syndrome (GBS)
As a result, neurological signals are slowed, altered or blocked altogether, resulting in paraesthesia (e.g. numbness, tingling, “crawling skin”), loss of sensation, progressive muscle weakness, often general fatigue, sometimes pain and other possible secondary complications.
Disability caused by GBS generally progresses over the course of a few days to four weeks. At the peak of the condition’s progress, many patients experience flaccid paralysis of nearly all skeletal muscles, with talking, swallowing and breathing frequently being affected.
Many patients will walk without help after three months and experience only minor residual symptoms by the end of the first year following the start of the disease. Nevertheless, recovery can be extremely slow (from six months to two years or longer) and five to twenty percent of patients are left with significant residual symptoms that lead to long-term disability and prevent a successful return to their prior lifestyle or occupation.
The goal of rehabilitation is to get patients moving at the earliest opportunity.
- Physiotherapy and occupational therapy to assist the patient to achieve optimal muscle use and help patients with residual impairments to resume independent activity as close to their previous lifestyle as possible.
- advanced technologies and activity-based interventions, including hydrotherapy, locomotor training and neurostimulators to help patients gradually rebuild neuromuscular control
- training with adaptive devices, such as a wheelchair or braces; if needed
- speech therapy for patients who have trouble swallowing or talking
- individualised home programme training for ongoing rehabilitation facilitated by the patient, family and caregivers
Physiotherapy and occupational therapy are integral parts of the recovery and management of GBS. Their involvement can help a patient minimize pain, increase strength and endurance and prevent secondary complications and overuse damage to muscles and joints while improving balance, mobility and restoring functional activity at home, work and play.
How can we help?
Therapy & Treatment Programs
- Aquatherapy /Hydro Therapy
- Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) Systems
- Biodex unweighing system
- Dry Needling
- Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)
- Functional Mobility
- Gait Rehabilitation / Re-education
- Geriatric Rehabilitation
- Lokomat / Robotic Walking
- Modified Barium Swallow (MBS)
- Motor Relearning
- Myofascial Release
- Neuromuscular Stimulation/ NMES/ Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation (TES)
- Paediatric Rehabilitation
- Physical Rehabilitation
- Pressure Mapping System
- SIT Lab (Seating Clinic) / Force Sensitive Application
- Swallowing Therapy
- Upper Limb Evaluation / Assessments and Treatment
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Weight-bearing Therapy