Neurological vs. Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Not all rehabilitation is the same. Understanding the difference can help a patient find the most effective care for treating a specific condition. Many of our patients come from physical therapy clinics that specialize in orthopedic rehabilitation and are redirected to our clinic because we specialize in neurological conditions or the patient sought us out because the treatment they were getting at the orthopedic clinic wasn’t effective. So what is the difference between Neurological vs. Orthopedic rehabilitation.
Orthopedic rehabilitation generally deals with musculoskeletal function. proprioception, strength, imbalances, s/p orthopedic surgeries, sprains, strains, abnormal functional movement patterns. Basically deals with return of “normal” function.
Neurological rehabilitation generally affects brain function, spinal cord function, and nerve function and rehab focuses on what function remains and improving on that. This type of rehabilitation is effective with:
- Stroke rehab: Spasticity management, appropriate bracing, “rewiring the brain” to perform specific functions (such as constraint induced movement therapy), etc.
- Spinal cord Injury: rehab based on the the spinal level injured and return to function with what neuro function remains. Spasticity management, bracing, appropriate assistive devices, etc
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: Basically the same as above. Depends on the area of the brain that is affected.
Each specialty has their own specialized equipment to meet their specific clients needs. Our clinic is unique because we offer both orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation services.