Guillain-Barre Syndrome Treatment

Helping Patients Manage Symptoms

Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is a rare neurological disorder that causes the immune system to turn on the body and attack the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system is the network of nerves and pathways found outside of the brain and spinal cord. Guillain-Barre can affect patients of any age, though it is most common in adults. Although there is no known cure for this condition, patients can often make a recover and manage even the most severe symptoms.

Symptoms of GBS include:

  • Abnormal heartbeat
  • Severe pain, especially at night
  • Tingling in the hands, fists, ankles, and wrists
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Abnormal gait
  • Difficulty climbing stairs
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abnormal blood pressure
  • Bladder and digestion problems

There are no known causes for GBS, and the symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. At Allied Services Integrated Health System, we provide comprehensive treatment and management for GBS. Our skilled and experienced team helps patients learn how to manage the symptoms so they can prevent some of the more serious complications.

Rehabilitation for GBS

Treatment for GBS begins in the acute-care phase. In this phase, the patient’s care team uses various methods to prevent the immune system from damaging the peripheral nervous system. This may include plasma exchange of high-dose immunoglobulin therapy.

After acute care, rehabilitation can begin. In GBS rehabilitation, patients work with their care team to restore strength and resume their normal life. Patients will learn exercises and techniques designed to keep the muscles and limbs strong. Blood thinners and leg cuffs may also be provided to prevent blood clots and circulatory problems. Therapy should be focused on strengthening the muscles that are most likely to be affected by the patient’s specific case of GBS.

Patients may also participate in occupational therapy to learn strategies that will allow them to return to work without exasperating their condition.

Contact Allied Services Integrated Health System today to learn more about Guillain-Barre syndrome treatment.

For specific questions on how to obtain a referral, please call 570-348-1359 (Wilkes-Barre) or 570-826-3885 (Scranton). Contact us to learn more or start your referral process today.

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