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The good news is that there are many different neuro rehabilitation treatment options that can help.  Remediation treatments help restore lost skills through repetitive, specialist exercises.  Compensatory treatments help utilise intact skills to make up for deficits in other areas.  Psycho-education can also be vitally important to ensure the patient and family understand their condition.

The brain has the amazing ability to adapt and recover after injury.This is most effective soon after the injury, when the brain releases certain hormones that help aid recovery and neurogenises.

Occupational Therapy can teach strategies and improve the range of abilities in order to get back to work, hobbies and sport.


Recovery after spinal surgery depends on general fitness and level of activity prior to surgery.  Your inter-disciplinary team will want to get you up and moving as soon as possible,  because movement can speed up your recovery.  

Treatment in the early stages will focus on pain management and implementing the right back/neck precautions for your surgery in everyday activities.

A graded return to activity would follow (most likely out-patient appointments), until all activities can be resumed without restriction.


Treatment focus on reducing swelling and managing pain/discomfort.  There is no cure for lymphoedema, but it's usually possible to reduce, control and maintain the swelling by using techniques to minimize fluid build-up and stimulate the flow of lymph through the lymphatic system.

These techniques include a special kind of massage called MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage), wearing compression garments, taking good care of your skin, and exercising regularly.


A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) evaluates an individual's capacity to perform work activities related to his/her participation in employment.  It consist of a set of tests, practices and observations that are combined to determine the ability of the evaluated person to function in his/her work environment, in an objective manner.

Persons who would benefit from this evaluation have usually been injured or has been diagnosed with a long-term illness that is preventing them from participating fully in their current work activities.  Recommendations regarding adaptations, alternative employment or permanent disability may guide the individual in making informed decisions regarding future employment.

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