What is Guillain-Barre Syndrome?
It is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system begins to attack the peripheral nervous system (nerves).
What causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome?
The cause is unknown, but some cases seem to be triggered by a viral or bacterial illness.
How do I know if I have Guillain-Barre Syndrome?
You will experience the following symptoms:
Muscle weakness and paralysis affecting both sides of the body
Jerky, uncoordinated movements
Muscle aches, pains or cramps
Odd sensations such as vibrations, buzzing or ‘crawling’ under the skin
Can physiotherapy help people with Guillain-Barre Syndrome?
Yes, the aims of physiotherapy management include the following:
Regain independence with everyday tasks
Retrain the normal movement patterns
Improve the balance and coordination
Maintain clear airways
Prevent lung infection
Support joint in functional position to minimize damage or deformity
Prevent pressure sores
Maintain peripheral circulation
Provide psychological support for the patient and relatives
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