‘We need more hospitals for neuro disability patients’

With only a day left for the much awaited World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation to begin in Powai, Dr Deepak Palande, joint secretary, organising committee said, the Congress will witness the exchange of knowledge and scientific research between clinicians from various fields like neurology, neurosurgery orthopaedics, Physiatrists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthotists, psychologists, etc. to enhance the impact of neuroRehabilitation for the benefit of patients. NeuroRehabilitation requires a multidisciplinary approach


From February 7-10, World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation (WFNR) is all set to host its 10th World Congress in India. This is the first time that the conference is being held in South East Asia. Dr Palande,Consultant neurosurgeon and Ex.Prof.& Head of Neurosurgery at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals Mumbai, said Neurological disabilities are due to damage to brain or spinal cord because of accidents or various neurological disorders like stroke ,infections etc. Music therapy, Dance therapy, water therapy, Magnetic therapy, electrical stimulation, Hyperbaric oxygen therapy are some of the recent techniques being used in the field of NeuroRehabilitation. “The aim of NeuroRehabilitation is to bring back such patients with neurological deficits to normalcy as far as possible, by using different techniques,” he said.

The World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation (WFNR), which is organising the Congress, has 35 Special Interest Groups covering a broad spectrum of topics and a `Flying Faculty’ provides training courses across the world.

“In the Congress, we will see experts in NeuroRehabilitation from across the globe discuss various research and development in the field of NeuroRehabilitation. With advancement in technology and science, there are many techniques that can improve the quality of life of the patient with neurological disability. With functional scanning, PET scanning, we have realised that there are many areas in the brain that can be activated,” said Dr Palande.

He said in India, the importance is generally given to acute care in neurology. “We are bothered about acute problems but do not pay much attention to the neurological disability that follows. The person becomes a burden to the family and society. Therefore, we need more awareness on NeuroRehabilitation. We also need more centres for the same,” said Dr Palande.

There is lack of NeuroRehabilitaion experts and Neurorehabilitation centers in India.  “We need more centres for NeuroRehabilitation as the burden of people with neurological disability is very high in India. We need these centres for prolonged care,” said Dr Palande.

Dr Palande further said that physiotherapy is still associated with orthopaedic problem. “Not many know that physiotherapy plays key role in NeuroRehabilitation. Both common man and doctors need to know about it. We are holding public forums during the conference to increase public awareness about NeuroRehabilitation.”