Our client Srinivas had gone through a neurological disorder called GBS (Guillain Barre Syndrome). It had kept him in a coma for a few days, unable to breathe and unable to move his body. With physiotherapy, he was able to walk, climb up stairs and go to the bathroom independently. He decided to go back to continue his interrupted college education.
To our surprise, he came back the next day saying that needed more help. He wanted to be able to jump up, to sit on a four feet high and narrow parapet wall, to chat with his friends. A routine he enjoyed before the disease struck him down.
We realized that helping a student back to college, just for his classes, was just not good enough. We as physiotherapists have the responsibility to prepare him for other simple pleasures in life, as well. We videotaped a normal person doing the task and identified the sequence of events, the movement and strengths required. Now we compared it with what Srinivas was doing. This allowed us to identify the specific problems, which was so unique to Srinivas. We then designed our therapy program to suit his requirements. Our road to true “functional neurological rehabilitation” had just begun.
Current day digital imaging technology has provided us a lot of options to do the analysis cost effectively. It helps us provide the best for our clients. Srinivas is now a happy man doing everything he enjoys.
Feels so good to have made a difference in someone’s life.