Treatments and disease management

Drugs and devices

Hydrotherapy


Hydrotherapy is a water-based form of physiotherapy which differs from swimming because it involves special exercises that can be carried out in a warm-water pool. The water temperature is usually 33 to 36ºC, which is warmer than a typical swimming pool. The warm water offers pain relief and the focus of the exercises can be adjusted to help with the range of movement or strength, depending on the symptoms.




Speech and language therapy (SLT)


Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication or with eating, drinking and swallowing.




Physiotherapy


By taking a holistic approach physiotherapy involves the patient directly in their own care to help restore movement and function when affected by a disability. Benefits from physical therapy are also gained from an exercise-based approach.




Braces


Some people experiencing joint deformities in the spine may need to wear braces of supportive jackets to manage spine curving.




Diet


Following a tailored diet may help with bowel problems also ensuring the diet is nutritionally balanced if certain foods are difficult to swallow. A dietician will be able to help develop a dietary plan depending on the needs of the person.





Monitoring

Scans


Scans are used to help diagnose what is going on inside the body before a decision for treatment is made. There are several different types of scans and the clinician will explain the choice depending on the circumstances.

An Ultrasound Scan (US), sometimes called a sonogram, is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body. There are different kinds of ultrasound scans, depending on which part of the body is being scanned and why. More information on US scans is here.

An X-ray is a quick and painless procedure commonly used to produce images of the inside of the body. It is a very effective way of looking at the bones, joints and bowels and can be used to help detect a range of conditions. More information on x-ray scans is here.

A Computerised Tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body. A CT scan can be used to diagnose conditions including damage to bones, problems with blood flow and to guide further tests or treatments. More information on CT scans is here.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. An MRI scan can be used to examine almost any part of the body including the brain, spinal cord, bones and joints. More information on MRI scans is here.




Nerve conduction study


A nerves conduction study is commonly used to evaluate the ability of electrical conduction of the nerves of the human body. Small metal wires called electrodes are placed on the skin that release tiny electric shocks to stimulate the nerves; the speed and strength of the nerve signal is measured so that the function can be evaluated.




Electrocardiogram (ECG)


An ECG is a simple test that can be used to check heart rhythm and electrical activity and to monitor conditions affecting the heart. Sensors secured to the skin are used to detect the electrical signals produced by the heart each time it beats. More information on an ECG is here.





Supportive care

Hydrotherapy


Hydrotherapy is a water-based form of physiotherapy which differs from swimming because it involves special exercises that can be carried out in a warm-water pool. The water temperature is usually 33 to 36ºC, which is warmer than a typical swimming pool. The warm water offers pain relief and the focus of the exercises can be adjusted to help with the range of movement or strength, depending on the symptoms.




Speech and language therapy (SLT)


Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication or with eating, drinking and swallowing.




Physiotherapy


By taking a holistic approach physiotherapy involves the patient directly in their own care to help restore movement and function when affected by a disability. Benefits from physical therapy are also gained from an exercise-based approach.




Braces


Some people experiencing joint deformities in the spine may need to wear braces of supportive jackets to manage spine curving.




Diet


Following a tailored diet may help with bowel problems also ensuring the diet is nutritionally balanced if certain foods are difficult to swallow. A dietician will be able to help develop a dietary plan depending on the needs of the person.





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