Guillain- Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a disorder of the immune system the attacks part of the nervous system. The exact cause of this disorder is unknown, but often occurs after having accrued some sort of infectious disease. GBS may occur at any age, but is most common in both sexes between the ages of 30 and 50. The signs and symptoms of the original infection usually have dissipated, before the symptoms of GBS initiate. The symptoms may also appear a few days or weeks following a major surgery.
GBS damages part of the nervous system and more specifically, the myelin sheath, a tissue like covering surrounding the nerves. It often begins with a weakness and tingling sensation in the lower legs and feet, and progressively spreads to your upper body. As the disease progresses the weakness of the muscles can gradually turn into paralysis of the body. Symptoms of GBS include weakness and tingling of the upper and lower extremities, unstable or inability to walk, difficulty with facial movement, severe pain in lower back, difficult bladder control, rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing, and high or low blood pressure.
Most people with GBS experience the bulk and most severe weakness within four weeks of symptoms beginning. Physical therapy is a fundamental intervention in the recovery and management of GBS. Proper treatment can help minimize pain, increase strength and endurance, and prevent overuse damage to muscles and joints while improving mobility and balance. All while restoring as much function as possible to be able to perform necessary activities of daily living.
We treat patients with Guillain- Barre Syndrome (GBS) in the 34711 area!