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- Previous polio attack
- Severe original polio attack
- Later age at onset of infection
- Slowly progressive muscle weakness
- Muscular atrophy
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle pain
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Intolerance to heat or cold
- Prevent overuse of weak muscles
- Prevent disuse, atrophy, and weakness
- Protect joints left vulnerable from weak muscles
- Maximize function
- Minimize discomfort
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Assistive devices
- Weight loss, if overweight
- Medication to relieve muscle spasms and pain
- Occasionally, surgery to correct deformities that interfere with function
- Immunoglobulin—currently being studied to treat PPS
March of Dimes http://www.marchofdimes.com
Post-Polio Health International http://www.post-polio.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Dalakas M. IVIg in other autoimmune neurological disorders: current status and future prospects. Journal of Neurology. 2008;255(Suppl 3):12-16.
Howard R. Poliomyelitis and the postpolio syndrome. BMJ. 2005;330:1314-1318.
The Post-polio program. National Rehabilitation Hospital website. Available at: http://www.nrhrehab.org/Patient+Care/Programs+and+Service+Offerings/Outpatient+Services/Service%5FPage.aspx?id=39.
Post-polio syndrome. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/post-polio-syndrome/DS00494/DSECTION=symptoms. Updated March 2, 2008. Accessed February 9, 2009.
Rowland LP, ed. Merritt's Neurology. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005.
- Reviewer: David L. Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 05/2014
- Update Date: 00/62/2014