Over 200 patients are being currently treated for multiple sclerosis at Sancti Spiritus’s Provincial Rehabilitation Hospital, where a National Integral Neuro-Rehabilitation Program was started ten years ago.
According to Dr. Andrés Alberto Padilla Rubio, vice director of the health institution, the treatment has had a positive impact on patients, who have recovered their biological, psychological and social condictions, in some way.
Ten of the thirty-four beds of the hospital are reserved for the admission of these patients, all of who are also included in a physical restoration program with exercises that help strengthening, coordination, balance, and relaxation.
Hydrotherapy, hippotherapy, occupational therapy, neuropsychological restoration, and logopedics and phoniatrics treatments are also possible in this institution.
Patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team of health professionals such as physiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, nutriologists, nutritionists, podiatrists, speech therapists, and nurses, among other specialists.
Multiple sclerosis is an auto-degenerative disease characterized by the appearance of demyelinating, neurodegenerative, and chronic lesions of the central nervous system. It is the non-traumatic neurological disease that causes greatest limitations in young adults.