WCNR 2018: Treating Cerebral Palsy is a team game, say experts

At the WCNR 2018 public forum on Cerebral Palsy (CP), experts discussed early interventions in CP, education and employment. The informative session was spearheaded by ADAPT. Also, the panel of doctors answered the queries put forward by the patients and caregivers

WCNR 2018: Treating Cerebral Palsy is a team game, say experts“I really thought Cerebral Palsy (CP)  was a disease that will be cured one day. But, later found it is a condition that my daughter has to live throughout her life,” said an emotional Shobha Sachdev, mother of a 34-year-old who is suffering from CP. Shobha shared her experience as a caregiver on the second day of […]

‘Dysphagia rehabilitation is the need of the hour’

At WCNR 2018, Dr Eiichi Saitoh, Executive Vice President, Professor and chair, Dept of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Med. Director, Research Center of RSH and Activity Assitive Technology, Fujjta Health University and Dr Yoko Inamoto, Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation School of Health Sciences, Fujita Health University briefed the delegates about dysphagia. Speaking further about the past, present and future of robotic technology in lower limb recovery, he explained, the robot is a good device for people with disability

‘Dysphagia rehabilitation is the need of the hour’Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe difficulty swallowing. Dysphagia includes difficulty starting a swallow (called oropharyngeal dysphagia) and the sensation of food being stuck in the neck or chest (called esophageal dysphagia). Dr Eiichi Saitoh, Executive Vice President, Professor and chair, Dept of Rehabilitation Medicine I, School of Med. Director, Research Center of […]

Neuro palliative care: ‘Being able to die with dignity is every individual’s right’

At the WCNR conference, a session dedicatedly spoke about multitude of issues from neuro palliative care to migraine and Parkinson's disease among others

Neuro palliative care: ‘Being able to die with dignity is every individual’s right’“As an experienced clinician, we all must be able to tell a patient if they can live and if yes, in what way. To know that death is near, and to be able to die with dignity is every individual’s right,” said Dr Roop Gurshani, consultant neurologist and epileptologist, PD Hinduja National Hospital in a […]

WFNR to train people for neuro rehabilitation in remote areas of the world

At World Federation of Neuro Rehabilitation (WFNR), which is hosting 10th world congress here in Mumbai, Dr David Good, President Elect, of WFNR, said the organisation is planning to send faculty to train people in countries where neuro rehabilitation is not developed. A special faculty will be assigned to even remote countries in the world to develop neuro-rehabilititon in them

WFNR to train people for neuro rehabilitation in remote areas of the worldDr David Good emphasised that in order to create short-term solutions for creating good services for neuro rehabilitation, it is necessary to create home based care centres. When asked about the global scenario in the field of neuro rehabiliation, he said, “Neuro rehabilitation is fairly well developed in some countries, but in many countries it […]

‘Telerehabilitation can provide essential services to stroke, Parkinson’s patients’

At WCNR 2018, Dr Anne Hill, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Telerehabilitation Research Unit at the University of Queensland, Australia, conducted a session on experience in speech and language telerehabilitation. According to her, there is a growing body of evidence for the use of telerehabilitation in speech pathology especially in people affected with Parkinson's and stroke. So, it’s about taking that evidence and putting it into services

‘Telerehabilitation can provide essential services to stroke, Parkinson’s patients’Dr Anne Hill explained, “Telerehabilitation is the delivery of services over distance using some form of technology. It enables us to provide access to services. This is especially important to people in rural areas or people in urban areas, who have difficult accessing services.” Dr Hill, whose speciality area is speech pathology said, “People who […]

WCNR 2018: Doctors discussed about neurological infections

At day two of the World Congress for Neuro Rehabilitation (WCNR) 2018, one of the most awaited sessions was about neuroinfections in developing countries. It spoke about infections like chikungunya and encephalitis in these countries

WCNR 2018: Doctors discussed about neurological infectionsThe second day of WCNR seems more than just promising. Whether it is the topics chosen or the guests who have come down to Mumbai, it was a marvel to attend. One such dynamic session was about neuroinfections in the developing world. The session was chaired by Dr M Chandrashekhar, Dr R Chakor and Dr […]

‘Spasticity can be managed best with a patient centric approach’

At the World Federation for Neuro Rehabilitation (WFNR) which is hosting its 10th World Congress here in Mumbai, Dr Lalith Satkunam highlighted about spasticity. He stated that this affects the patient’s quality of life. He said if people are not able to do their daily activities because their muscles are impaired, it will impact society as a whole since it hampers a person’s productivity and this affects the workforce in the long run

‘Spasticity can be managed best with a patient centric approach’He mentioned that recognising a patient centric approach is now becoming the focus of giving treatment to patients in South Asian countries, including India. Dr Lalith Satkunam is a Professor, in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Alberta, Canada and was present to give a talk at the conference here in […]

 ‘If autism is detected early, it can help reverse the problem’

Speaking at the 10th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation at the Renaissance Conventional Centre at Powai, Dr Samir Dalwai elaborated on autism and its manifestations. He highlighted on its clinical features and early identification. He also suggested methods through which parents can improve interaction with their children

 ‘If autism is detected early, it can help reverse the problem’“Early detection of autism allows to set up a program of interventions specifically designed for the child,” said Dr Samir Dalwai, who is a developmental and behavioural paediatrician and the chairperson, India Academy of Paediatrics chapter of neurodevelopmental Paediatrics “Generalised therapies may not help because no two children are same. There may be other neurological, […]

‘Every medical college should have a physiotherapy department’

At World Federation for Neuro Rehabilitation (WFNR) which is hosting its 10th World Congress here in Mumbai, Dr Ali Irani, a consultant Physiotherapist at Nanavati Hospital, said the government should ensure that every medical college should have physiotherapy department attached to it. He stressed that it is essential to increase trained manpower who can offer rehabilitation and physiotherapy services

‘Every medical college should have a physiotherapy department’“India currently has around more than 200 physiotherapy colleges. But government should ensure that all the medical colleges in the country should have attached rehabilitation centre and physiotherapy department. All tertiary care centres in the country have special physiotherapy department. But in order to create more manpower we need to have more such training centres,” […]

‘Neuro rehabilitation is about comprehensive management’

The first day of the 10th Congress by World Federation of Neuro Rehabilitation (WFNR) had at least 18 sessions, each of which saw jubilant participants. One such session chaired by Dr Navita Purohit saw volunteers who received hands on practice related to ultrasound techniques

‘Neuro rehabilitation is about comprehensive management’In an engaging session on ultrasound guided pain intervention in Neuro Rehabilitation, Dr Navita Purohit from Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH) spoke about basics of ultrasound at the 10th Congress of the World Federation of Neuro Rehabilitation (WFNR). Each session at the conference was filled with enthusiasm among the guests and the audience. Here, she […]