What are neurological disorders?
These are diseases/conditions caused by any type of damage to the brain, spinal cord, or nerves.. These systems control all movement and sensation in the body and can lead to issues with moving, breathing, feeling touch/pain, memory, learning and mood.
The brain is made to adapt, change and learn! Throughout life your brain continuously reorganizes itself by creating and changing connections between cells. This holds true for injury and disease as well. Undamaged parts of the brain can be taught to help damaged areas after injury or disease and perform a whole new function. This is done through "axonal sprouting" were nerve cells make new connections with damaged and undamaged nerves. This allows an area of the brain, which is undamaged, to perform additional functions that were lost in the damaged area.
Why physical therapy?
Physical therapy stimulates the brain which is a critical piece in helping patients improve function, maintain the ability to perform certain activities and keep their independence. Stimulation of the brain cells only occurs through activity making physical therapy the perfect way to create positive change. Physical therapists are experts in movement and our team includes a physical therapist who has additional certifications for this population of patients. Working with a skilled physical therapy team will add safety, purpose and meaning to all your movements which can lead to a quicker and better recovery. All COLPT treatment approaches are based on the latest evidence based practice and all treatments are tailored to the specific individual. This allows the patient to maximize their potential and achieve stated goals.
Neurological Disorders where physical therapy can help:
Parkinson's (see our page)
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)