Polio or Poliomyelitis is a potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines and polio was officially eradicated in Australia in 2000.

Only 1-2% of polio cases are associated with paralysis and the majority of cases being symptomless. The younger the infection, the less likely the paralysis, the older, the more severe and disabling. If the virus crosses the blood brain barrier it causes damage and death to the motor neurons of the anterior horn in the cervical and lumbar spinal cord showing varying patterns of paralysis.

Not many health professionals have a deep understanding of polio, the late effects of polio and Post Polio Syndrome – this has historically led to a distrust of the medical profession.

As a member of the clinical advisory board to Polio Australia, our physiotherapists participated in the production of the ‘Clinical Practice Guidelines for Health Professionals’ and presented workshops around NSW, in conjunction with Rotary Australia, educating health and medical professionals on effective management of people living with polio.

Much of our expertise in this area has been gained through helping patients as well as starting up the first Polio Clinic in NSW since the closure of public services in the eighties. The effects of polio on the ageing body are complex and mobility can often be on a knife edge if new weakness emerges or fatigue sets in. We’d like to help you.

With your guidance, the team can provide you with a range of strategies and solutions to keep you on your feet, reduce your pain and help to maintain your quality of life. These may include orthotic aids, prescription of equipment and exercise programs.

Call us!

This is usually the best way to find out if we are what you need and can help you to address your rehab and capacity building needs.

Book your first consultation

Once we have gathered the relevant information we can get you booked in with the right therapist. Sometimes this might involve deciding between several disciplines to determine the best way to get started. Don’t worry, our intake process will guide you all the way.

Have your first session.

This will be your opportunity to ask any questions you might have, tell your story and have your clinician assess your needs and your goals. We can see you at your home, our clinic in St Leonards, in your office, gym or local pool – or a combination! We even have a telerehab option to support you if you live remotely.

Decide on your future plan

Following this, a comprehensive plan will be developed with you. In some cases, you may also need a report produced to support your future plans.

NB: If we can’t help you at this point for any reason, we will probably be able to direct you to the service that can.

See our blog posts on Polio