Motor neurone disease (MND) is a progressive neurological condition that affects the lives of over 1400 Australians. Motor neurones, which are the cells that control voluntary movements, are progressively damaged causing widespread weakness and paralysis. Movement of the limbs and trunk, speech and swallowing are all affected with respiratory failure common in most cases within five years. MND does not affect cognition or memory in most cases, nor the major senses of sight, sensation, touch, taste and smell.
There is currently no cure for the disease and only neuro-protective medications available to slow the deterioration. The cause of MND still remains unknown. Treatment for MND is holistic and integrated, usually based on management of symptoms. This can often include addressing mobility issues that require equipment such as walking aids, shower chairs and wheelchairs early on and equipment to assist with breathing and swallowing in the later stages.
People with MND are very valuable members of the community and often achieve remarkable things with the help of encouraging family, carers and friends. Community organisations like MND Association NSW provide support services designed to optimise quality of life by providing respite services and essential equipment through their loan pool.
In addition to the Neurologist, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists form the core team. Massage therapists, acupuncture therapists and orthotists can also assist to relieve symptoms of pain, muscle cramps and difficulty sleeping, or to customise external bracing to help with positioning for breathing and posture.
Advance Rehab Centre offers a multidisciplinary neuro team to assist in care for people with MND at our clinic in St Leonards as well as through our home-based team. For more information about the services that Advance Rehab Centre can provide for people with MND please contact the office on 9906 7777.
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