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Post poliomyelitis treatment

By Anonymous July 25, 2017 - 6:00pm
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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

For the benefit of our readers who may not know, Post-polio syndrome (PPS) ,also known as post-poliomyelitis, is a condition that affects polio survivors. About 20% to 40% of people who recover from polio will later develop PPS. The onset may occur 10 to 40 years after the initial polio attack.

Treatment focuses on managing symptoms. The goals are to:

Prevent overuse of weak muscles
Prevent disuse atrophy and weakness
Protect joints left vulnerable from weak muscles
Maximize function
Minimize discomfort

Treatment may include:
Physical therapy
Occupational therapy
Speech therapy
Assistive devices
Weight loss, if overweight
Medication to relieve muscle spasms and pain
Occasionally, surgery to correct deformities that interfere with function
Immunoglobulin—currently being studied to treat PPS

I hope this helps,

July 26, 2017 - 6:31am
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