Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nervous system, those nerves outside of the spinal cord and brain.
Guillain-Barré syndrome can range from a mild case with brief and minor weakness to significant paralysis, where the person cannot breathe independently. Most people eventually recover from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome but you can be left with varying degrees of weakness.
Guillain-Barré syndrome can affect anyone of any age, although predominantly adults. Males and females are equally affected and it is estimated to affect about one person in 100,000 each year.
We provide individualised advice and exercise to maximise your recovery from Guillain-Barré syndrome. Weakness, sensory dysfunction as well as fatigue can limit your mobility and functioning in the community. We can provide timely ongoing rehabilitation, following discharge from hospital care or inpatient rehabilitation to ensure the most rapid and complete recovery. There is a huge variation in the severity of Guillain-Barré, and this determines what interventions are a priority such as movement based training, progressive strengthening for key muscle groups and cardiovascular fitness.
As Neurological Physiotherapists working in a community setting, we understand how important it is for you to start a specific physical rehabilitation regime as early as possible in order to prevent complications and maximise the speed of your recovery.