Post Polio Syndrome

What is PPS?

Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) is a neurological condition that can occur in people who have had Polio. After a long time without any significant change in their condition, people may develop new symptoms of increasing weakness, stamina problems, fatigue and pain. PPS is often difficult to recognise as symptoms may develop slowly and may be mistaken for other conditions. Before making a diagnosis of PPS it is important to exclude any other conditions that could explain your symptoms.

What else do we know about PPS? PPS can occur at any age and can be an issue for people who had either paralytic or seemingly non-paralytic Polio.

Research on who is most likely to experience PPS is not always clear and can be contradictory. Findings vary, but have shown that PPS may develop in a significant number of people with Polio. It is suggested that PPS may affect more women than men. People who have had fatigue or pain in the years since they contracted Polio, or where physical activity has caused extreme tiredness and pain, seem to be at increased risk of developing PPS, or may already be experiencing it. PPS also seems to develop more quickly in people who had Polio during the epidemics of the 1950s. What are the symptoms of PPS?

Symptoms may include the following: • breathing problems • swallowing problems • muscle loss • new or increasing weakness • muscle fatigue • muscle pain • joint pain • cold intolerance • sleep disturbance • general fatigue Other symptoms, such as urinary problems, may or may not be linked to PPS.

At our Northampton Clinic we are currently running a weekly 30 minute Post Polio Hydrotherapy Exercise Programme in conjunction with the Northampton British Polio Fellowship Branch Members.

Our Neurological Physiotherapist Kirsten Good runs the weekly sessions and members who have taken part in the programme have reported significant benefits including exercise of normally dormant muscles, increased confidence, greater mobility, healthy exercise using the buoyancy of water for stability and on overall feeling of wellbeing.

"It was excellent that our Rotary District Governor was able to go along to Northampton and see the Hydrotherapy Programme first hand, and she spoke to me about this in glowing terms at the recent District Foundation Lunch we both attended. I shall be at our Rotary District Assembly this Saturday and will join the Foundation stream (which is where I originally hatched the plot a couple of years ago for our matching grant).I shall again be seizing on opportunities to promote a wider possible vision of Rotary and PoPSyCLE working together to address the needs of Polio Survivors, potentially UK and even worldwide when the timing is right."

Thanks Kirsten for all your help and assistance which we all appreciate, particularly when we receive both the recognition for the work you are carrying out and hopefully additional funding to support the programme into the future.

Kind regards and thanks Mike Jackson, Post Polio Group

From our clients

Mike Jackson - Post Polio Group

"It was excellent that our Rotary District Governor was able to go along to Northampton and see the Hydrotherapy Programme first hand, and she spoke to me about this in glowing terms at the recent District Foundation Lunch we both attended. I shall be at our Rotary District Assembly this Saturday and will join the Foundation stream (which is where I originally hatched the plot a couple of years ago for our matching grant).I shall again be seizing on opportunities to promote a wider possible vision of Rotary and PoPSyCLE working together to address the needs of Polio Survivors, potentially UK and even worldwide when the timing is right." 

Thanks Kirsten for all your help and assistance which we all appreciate, particularly when we receive both the recognition for the work you are carrying out and hopefully additional funding to support the programme into the future. Kind regards and thanks Mike

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