In recent years, successive therapies for previously untreatable neurological conditions have been introduced in clinical practice and these advance interventions have remarkably changed the landscape of neurosciences1,2 .But, rehabilitation of the functional impairments caused by neurological diseases is often overlooked or sometimes even neglected. In other words, the role of a comprehensive and early multidisciplinary rehabilitation in neurological disease is unrecognized and poorly understood even among neurologists and neurosurgeons. Usually, lifesaving neurosurgical management or solving a diagnostic riddle in neurology is attributed to successful patient management; however in reality, this is the first step in establishing a care plan for improving quality of life of these patients. The outcomes of neurological disorders are often related with disability, psychological dysfunction and social incapacitations3. Comprehensive rehabilitation completes the management of patients with neurological disorders as it focuses on minimizing disability, maximizing functional independence, improving quality of life and decreasing the complications of prolonged immobility4. Unfortunately, the understanding of rehabilitation is usually limited to provision of physical therapy in many parts of the world5.
Qureshi, Ahmad Zaheer and Rathore, Farooq Azam
"The loose end: neurology without rehabilitation,"
Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS): Vol. 13:
1, Article 1.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/pjns/vol13/iss1/1