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Post-polio Syndrome

What is Post-polio Syndrome?

It is a condition that affects polio survivors years after recovery from an initial acute attack of the poliomyelitis virus.

Can physiotherapy help people with post-polio syndrome?

Yes. Physiotherapy is safe and effective in the treatment of post-polio syndrome when carefully prescribed and monitored by experienced Physiotherapists.

What are the causes of post-polio syndrome?

  • Damaged nerve cells that control muscle movements by the initial polio infection

  • Sprouted new nerve fibres working hard to take over the work of nerves that died

  • Sprouted nerve fibres breaking down due to increased workload leading to new muscle weakness

What are the symptoms of post-polio syndrome?

  • Breathing problems

  • Swallowing problems

  • Muscle loss

  • New or increasing weakness

  • Muscle fatigue

  • Muscle pain

  • Joint pain

  • Cold intolerance

  • Sleep disturbance

  • General fatigue

  • Urinary problems

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