Neurological rehabilitation is a doctor-supervised, complex care program aimed at improving function, reducing symptoms, and enhancing the well-being of people with diseases, trauma, or disorders of the nervous system.
Neurorehabilitation can benefit patients whose nervous systems have been impaired by trauma, infection, degenerative disease, tumor, or circulatory system disorder, such as stroke. The goal of neurorehabilitation is to help the patient return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving their overall quality of life.
A new approach in neuro-modulation includes brain-computer interface technology that can translate a person’s thoughts into the control of prosthetic devices. More traditional neurorehabilitation approaches use psychological or occupational therapies to teach or re-train patients how to move, communicate and perform other aspects of their daily routine. Neurorehabilitation therapies may also focus on nutrition, rebuilding self-esteem and other approaches to improve lifestyle and well-being.
A neurorehabilitation program is designed for the individual patient and their specific problem or disease, and its success depends on the active involvement of patient and family.
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