Treatments for Post-Polio Syndrome
While there is no cure for post-polio syndrome, current treatments include lifestyle changes and support. Lifestyle changes include using recommended mobility aids and pacing daily activities to avoid rapid muscle tiring. Supportive treatments include support groups and counseling.
Currently, there is no cure for post-polio syndrome. Therefore, treatments are focused on relieving the symptoms. Some of the treatment options currently available include lifestyle changes and support. Researchers continue to actively look for other treatments for post-polio syndrome.
Lifestyle changes for treating post-polio syndrome can include:
- Exercising judiciously, preferably under the supervision of an experienced professional (see Post-Polio Syndrome and Exercise)
- Using recommended mobility aids, ventilator equipment, and revised activities of daily living
- Avoiding activities that cause pain or fatigue that lasts more than 10 minutes
- Pacing daily activities to avoid rapid muscle tiring and total body exhaustion.
Also, make sure to seek medical advice from healthcare providers who are experienced in treating neuromuscular disorders. They can provide additional suggestions for living with post-polio syndrome. Do not attribute all signs and symptoms to the prior poliovirus infection.
Learning about post-polio syndrome is important for polio survivors and their families. Support groups that encourage self-help, group participation, and positive action can be helpful. For some, individual or family counseling may be needed to adjust to the late effects of poliomyelitis, because experiencing new symptoms and using assistive devices may bring back distressing memories of the original poliovirus.