The Late Effects of Polio: Introduction to Clinical Practice
This on-line resource module for health professionals was commissioned by Polio Australia and completed in October 2012. “The Late Effects of Polio: Introduction to Clinical Practice“ has been professionally written and reviewed by a team of volunteer medical professionals and has drawn from a large number of pre-existing resources based on best practice principles. It is intended that this initial module be promoted to a range of health service providers to assist in the management of the Late Effects of Polio for their patients. The content provides an overview of the broad range of symptoms associated with the Late Effects of Polio and Post-Polio Syndrome.
The Late Effects of Polio – Information For General Practitioners (Queensland Health)
This manual was developed by Queensland Health. Its primary aim is to present contemporary concepts for the assessment, diagnosis, and management of the patient with a history of polio. It endeavours to assist the GP to make decisions regarding treatment and care, and to provide suggestions for the appropriate time to seek advice from specialists and allied health professionals in the management of their patients. A multidisciplinary approach to the assessment and management of the these patients is often necessary due to the complex range of symptoms that these patients may experience.
PPS Identifying Best Practices in Diagnosis and Care
In May 2000, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation (March of Dimes), in collaboration with the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, held an international conference on post-polio syndrome (PPS) in Warm Springs, Ga, USA. The purpose of the conference was to review current informatino on the syndrome’s causes and promote information exchange on best practices regarding diagnosis, treatment and management of PPS. The two day conference convened many of the world’s leading experts on various aspects of PPS, including causes; diagnostic criteria; features of the disorder, including neurological, musculo-skeletal and respiratory problems; and treatments such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, coping skills and nutrition. This report derives from that conference.
Post Polio Syndrome: Management and Treatment in Primary Care
This document was prepared by the Post Polio Support Group, Ireland and published in 2007 and 2010. It takes a multidisciplinary and holistic approach and is targeted towards helping to enrich the practitioner client relationship to the benefit of both.
Treatment for Postpolio Syndrome
This Cochrane review was prepared and maintained by The Cochrane Collaboration and published in The Cochrane Library 2011, Issue 2. Postpolio syndrome (PPS) is a condition that can affect polio survivors years after recovery from an initial paralytic attack by the polio virus. PPS is characterised by progressive or new muscle weakness or decreased muscle endurance in muscles that were previously affected by the polio infection and in muscles that seemingly were unaffected, generalised fatigue and pain. These symptoms often lead to a decline in physical functioning.This review found inadequate evidence from randomised controlled studies to make definite conclusions on the effectiveness of different treatment options in people with PPS. Results indicate that drugs like IVIG and lamotrigine or muscle strengthening and static magnetic fields may be beneficial but need further investigation.