UNIT

Neurorehabilitation

"To prevent stroke it is essential to have adequate medical control and treatment of risk factors".

DR. PABLO IRIMIA SIEIRA
SPECIALIST. NEUROLOGY DEPARTMENT

The Neurorehabilitation Unit of the Clinic has specialists in neurorehabilitation of brain damage (neurologist and rehabilitator), physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, orthopedist, social worker and specialized nursing and auxiliary personnel.

In the rehabilitation service, the patient has physiotherapy rooms, a gymnasium, special stretchers, inclined planes and a swimming pool for hydrotherapy activities.

Early undergoing rehabilitation treatment, the intensity of the therapy and the care provided by a multidisciplinary team, made up of specialized personnel, are the keys to the success of neurorehabilitation treatment for patients with brain damage.

In addition, when necessary, other specialties such as Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Neurosurgery, Neurophysiology and Otolaryngology may intervene.

We have several lines of research open, including studies on neuroimaging, brain plasticity or neuroprotection mechanisms in the search for molecules that reduce the damage caused by brain infarction.

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Specialized care

Care begins at the unit with an initial patient assessment consultation by the professionals of the medical team.

It involves the admission of the patient 24 hours a day for the time necessary to achieve sufficient autonomy to receive outpatient treatment.

  • Medical surveillance 24 hours a day by the neurologist.
  • Oral or enteral nutrition.
  • Administration of necessary medication.
  • Neurorehabilitation program.
  • Management of necessary equipment (wheelchairs, etc.).
  • Necessary administrative procedures (dependency law, reminder of medical appointments, etc.).
  • Neurological medical consultation.
  • Diagnostic tests and follow-up by specific specialists.

The patient and family must be involved in rehabilitation, which requires adequate training and information so that care can be continued at home.

In patients who require neurorehabilitation treatment but do not require important medical/assistance care and can stay at home.

  • Neurorehabilitation program.
  • Management of the necessary material (wheelchairs, etc.).
  • Necessary administrative formalities (dependency law, reminder of medical appointments, etc.).
  • Neurological medical consultation.
  • Diagnostic tests and follow-up by specific specialists.

The relatives or companions of the patients are the object of special attention by the team of the Neurorehabilitation Unit of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra.

They will be offered advice and action guidelines to meet the agreed objectives at home.

The main problem faced by the families of these patients is to know what the future will be like.

Therefore, it is necessary to orient them in this sense, although in these cases it is very difficult to offer a precise prognosis.

There is a great difference in the recovery of patients with brain damage who follow neurorehabilitation treatment compared to those who do not.

Without neurorehabilitation, the brain-damaged patient can improve, but it has been proven that he/she does so to a much lesser degree than if he/she receives neurorehabilitation treatment.

The occupational therapist is in charge of training the patient to improve and optimize the activity that has remained after the brain injury and to ensure that the patient can adapt as well as possible to perform daily activities, despite the deficit. To achieve these objectives, compensation strategies are created so that the patient can perform basic and instrumental daily activities.

In addition, the task of the occupational therapist and the therapy team is to advise the patient's family members on how to help the patient to take up these activities.

These actions are closely linked to those of the physiotherapist, who will take care of motor and functional recovery through specific exercises and will transmit the patient's improvements so that the occupational therapist can involve the patient in more or fewer activities, depending on his or her evolution.

Neurorehabilitation is considered a dynamic process in which the neurologist and the rehabilitation physician must carry out periodic controls and evaluate the patient, so that together with the physiotherapist, the occupational therapist, the neuropsychologist and the social worker, they can achieve the least possible independence of the patient in the performance of his activities.

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EXCELLENCE IN CARE

Comprehensive approach to patients

The integration of the Neurorehabilitation Unit in a hospital center with all the medical specialties is a key factor in the administration of the most complete treatment possible: specialists in Neuroradiology, Psychiatry, Digestive, Otorhinolaryngology, Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Neurosurgery and Laboratory.


Time of improvement

From 9 months after brain damage, the degree of possible improvement decreases. In the periods immediately following a stroke, the brain is especially primed to improve.


Intensive treatment

A 3-hour daily treatment, including weekends, is the most effective treatment to achieve the best results.


Specialized team

We have a multidisciplinary team dedicated to brain damage, in the approach to each patient that ensures a treatment protocol with greater success.

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Why in Navarre?

  • Located in a center that has all the medical specialties.
  • State-of-the-art technology for better diagnosis and treatment.
  • Research on neuroimaging, brain plasticity or neuroprotective mechanisms.

The sooner treatment is started, the better the chances of recovery.

Neuronal neuroplasticity

The brain is prepared to recover in the early stages after brain damage.

Recovery mechanisms are set in motion that have a time limit, and the earlier neurorehabilitation treatment is started, the greater the time limit.

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