Neurological Rehabilitation

    The most important goal of neurological rehabilitation is to help patients recover and achieve the best possible state of self-care. This often requires treatment from various medical professionals. Physiatrists first make a medical diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate treatments. Follow-up rehabilitation will comprise various professional interventions: physical therapists focus on the improvement of pain and gross motor training and stability; occupational therapists emphasize fine motor training and practice for activities of daily living to promote functional ability; speech therapists focus on the functions of swallowing and speaking; and clinical psychologists are responsible for helping patients with cognitive functional training and emotional adjustment. The process of neurological rehabilitation is often long and without shortcuts. There will inevitably be fluctuations throughout the rehabilitation process. At times, patients may feel they have taken three steps forward, only to fall two steps back; however, only through repetitive, correct practice will patients see their neuromuscular control and function gradually improve and recover.