Disability Physio Support

Pro Support Services provides disability physio support from the comfort of your home. Hear from one of our physiotherapists, John-Paul, as he talks us through the improvements he has seen with a recent patient. 

“I have been seeing a 61 year old MS patient for the last year after receiving NDIS funding. We identified a range of balance and neuro-musculo-skeletal deficits pursuant to their MS and sought to put in place a rehabilitation program that aimed to maintain an ongoing level on independence. 

Treatment currently consists of gym attendance with exercise physiology supervision twice a week and physiotherapy once a fortnight. The structure of the sessions are based around strength, conditioning, balance and neuro-muscular facilitation. This is paired with collaborative input from both myself as the treating Physio and Ben Edwards as the treating Exercise Physiologist. We have also collaborated with our head of Podiatric services, Michael Furmaniak, to customise an ankle-foot-orthosis that has successfully combatted her bilateral foot drop. 

With this intervention, they have been able to maintain their independence throughout the past year and reports feeling extremely happy with their progress. In particular, we have been able to report on the following key objective measure to highlight the level of improvement over a 1 year period;

  • 3 Metre Timed Up & Go;
    – 22/03/21 = 11.73 seconds
    – 02/03/22 = 10.63 seconds
    An improvement of 0.6 seconds over this period of time
  • 2-minute Step Test; 
    – 22/03/21 = 19 Repetitions
    – 02/03/22 = 25 Repetitions
    An improvement of 6 repetitions over this period of time
  • Single Leg Balance;
    – 22/03/21 = 3 seconds on R; 3 seconds on L
    – 02/03/22 = 3 seconds on R; 2 seconds on L
    A slight deterioration of 1 second on the left side is noted
  • 30-second Sit To Stand;
    – 22/03/21 = 10 Repetitions
    – 02/03/22 = 13 Repetitions
    An improvement of 3 repetitions over this period of time 
  • Sit & Reach Flexibility;
    – 22/03/21 = R – 26cm; L – 23cm
    – 02/03/22 = R – 19cm; L – 16cm
    An overall improvement of 14cm over this period of time

These outcomes clearly highlight improvements in flexibility, strength and aerobic capacity that is correlating to improvements in independence, quality of life and ability to perform activities of daily living. 

It’s been most rewarding to see these improvements in what is otherwise known to be a condition that progressively impedes physical performance.”

John-Paul is a Sport and Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapist who has developed an interest in the treatment of a range of adult neurological conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Stroke Rehabilitation, and Functional Neurological Disorders (FND).

Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you with our home disability physio support programs.