Have you reached your full potential?
Do you or someone you know have Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)? Have you been discharged from hospital without much follow up rehabilitation? Did you know that 90% of people with GBS are capable of returning to nearly full recovery? Perhaps you need to come and see our experience Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy team at Advance Rehab Centre, so that we can help you to achieve your full potential.
What is GBS?
Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is an autoimmune condition whereby the body’s immune system launches an attack on the person’s nerves. The immune cells target and destroy the myelin sheath (or casing that holds the nerve) and occasionally the axons (or stems of the nerve). This leads to weakness of muscles all over the body, as well as abnormal sensations. Other subtypes of GBS include Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Acute Motor Axonal Neuropathy, Acute Motor Sensory Axonal Neuropathy and Fischer syndrome.
There is no cure for GBS. Plasmapheresis (which involves removing the liquid portion of blood that holds the immune cells) may be promising to speed up recovery. Gammaglobin infusions have also proven to be effective treatments. Corticosteroids have been tried with varying results. Rehabilitation is the main form of treatment.
Rehabilitation after the acute phase is very important to ensure people with GBS return to their full potential. Physiotherapy involves strength retraining for weakened muscles, retraining of walking and other functional activities, fitness retraining, pain management, hydrotherapy and assistance with walking aids and devices for persistent foot drop such as Ankle Foot Orthoses. Occupational therapists can help to retrain activities of daily living, such as dressing, feeding and domestic activities, and assist with equipment that may be needed, such as upper limb splints.
At Advance Rehab Centre, all of our Senior Neurological Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists are highly experienced in managing people with GBS.
Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy can be provided as one on one therapy in the centre or at home, which includes the establishment of a Home Exercise Program to practice outside of therapy time.
Advance Rehab Centre also have a number of group programs suitable for people with GBS. There is a Neurocircuit Gym class for clients with Neurological conditions to practice in our Gym whilst being supervised by a Physiotherapist. We have just launched ‘Hands Up’ Upper Limb Bootcamp, which is an intense two week course of upper limb rehabilitation ideal for clients with GBS who are keen to maximise their potential in upper limb function. An Upper Limb Group is held 3 times a week for clients to practice on our new upper limb gaming technology to improve their upper limb function. We are also looking at starting a NeuroFit group for those wanting to improve their fitness.
If you or someone you know has GBS and you would like to make an appointment to see one of our highly experienced team members, please call 9906 7777.
A very useful resource for information and support is Guillain-Barre Syndrome Association of NSW. http://www.gbs-cidp-nsw.org.au