Our neurosciences and rehabilitation teams care for people who require brain or spinal treatment, and those with rehabilitation needs after illness, injury, or surgery. They treat a range of conditions, including trauma, epilepsy, tumours, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Once the initial danger posed by an injury, illness, or surgery has passed, our patients recover and rehabilitate in Victoria General Hospital’s 29-bed Neurological Rehabilitation Unit or Royal Jubilee Hospital’s 25-bed Musculo-Skeletal Rehabilitation Unit.
The role of the rehabilitation team is to maximize a patient’s potential and function. Instead of focusing on the surgery or the stroke, the team looks at every other problem that might happen to a patient’s body as a consequence of their initial condition. For example, physiotherapists practice chest therapy on patients lying in hospital beds to prevent pneumonia, our physiatrists help stroke victims experiencing tight muscles to prevent permanent damage, and our dieticians attend to a patient’s nutritional needs to ensure their body is nourished and able to recover.
Equipment in this area funded by generous donors supporting The Big Picture campaign:
Rehabilitation Ultrasound System - Neurosciences & Rehabilitation (VGH)
For treatment of neurologically impaired patients, the Rehab Ultrasound System will use sound waves to create diagnostic images for clinicians in Neurosciences & Rehabilitation at Victoria General Hospital. These images will guide injections into areas of a patient’s body with severe muscle spasticity, where muscles are continuously contracted. By reducing muscle spasticity, patients are more easily and comfortably positioned in a wheelchair, with reduced risk of pressure sores and contractures (permanent deformities caused by prolonged static joint postures). This in turn improves function and results in improved quality of life.
Up to 1,000 patients per year will benefit from this ultrasound at Victoria General Hospital.