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Neurologic Rehabilitation

Receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease (PD), Guillain-Barré syndrome or other neurologic disease can be devastating. Banner Rehabilitation Hospital provides the innovative treatment, strategies and support to help you regain function and independence.

Learning to live with the progressive effects of neurological diseases can be physically and emotionally difficult. Our neurorehabilitation specialists understand how challenging this may be for you and your loved ones. We’re here to help with advanced treatment, strategies and support to best maintain your independence and enhance your quality of life.

Conditions we treat

We treat a range of neurologic conditions such as:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathies
  • Transverse Myelitis

A team approach to treatment

At Banner Rehabilitation Hospital, our experienced team of neurorehabilitation specialists address a range of physical and functional issues including mobility, speech and cognition.

This interdisciplinary team is led by a physiatrist, a physician (board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation) and may include rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational and respiratory therapists; speech language pathologists; pharmacists; case managers and other clinical and support staff as needed.

Your family members are an important part of the care team and may be asked to participate in therapy sessions to understand your condition and how to best support you.   

An individualized rehabilitation program

Every neurologic condition presents its own challenges and each patient responds differently to treatment. That’s why we carefully tailor treatment to an individual’s needs.  This individualized program helps: 

  • Advance physical functions
  • Enhance skills to perform daily activities
  • Maximize strength, balance and mobility
  • Improve speech and swallowing
  • Manage pain, spasticity or other complications
  • Manage medications
  • Adjust to social, emotional or behavioral changes
  • Improve independence

We apply evidence-based best practices to help you build or maintain strength and skills. Our approach includes hands-on activities with some aided by high-tech therapy equipment. Therapy sessions will include three hours of activity per day over a five-day period, or 15 hours over a seven-day period, depending on your tolerance and ability to actively participate.

Balancing treatment and technology 

Patients with neurologic diseases may benefit from the advanced technologies and proven therapies Banner Rehabilitation Hospital offers, including:

  • Therapy supported by robotic equipment such as the Armeo Spring Trainer® which helps boost recovery of motor skills
  • Body-weight supported treadmill training and electrical stimulation of the legs  to improve balance, gait and walking
  • Electrical stimulation of the arm, mirror therapy and other strategies to improve arm and hand function
  • Vision therapies such as prism adaptation therapy that involves the use of special goggles and the Bioness Integrated Therapy System® (BITS), which uses a touchscreen to improve hand/eye coordination and other visual challenges
  • Videofluoroscopy, a special type of X-ray, and VitalStim® a non-invasive external electrical stimulation therapy, applied to the neck, to diagnose and treat swallowing disorders
  • Computer-based exercises to improve memory, concentration, decision-making and other cognitive skills
  • Adaptive gaming to support social integration and recreational inclusivity

Tools for independence

Your ability to perform daily activities at home, work, school or in the community are critical to your independence. Your therapy team may introduce a variety of tools, techniques and strategies to help you manage these tasks. This includes adaptive equipment tools to extend your reach (reachers) or other devices to help you get dressed, prepare meals and eat. In addition, electronic and computer-based technologies – including electronic controls for lights, phones, televisions and even doors – may be introduced.   

A unique continuum of care

To help you return to everyday school, work, home, community and social activities, Banner Rehabilitation Hospital provides an unparalleled continuum of care. We help you manage your health from inpatient to outpatient care.

Managing neurologic disease. Let us help.

We will work closely with you, your family, physician or neurologist and/or the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to Banner Rehabilitation Hospital for your rehabilitation.

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