Managing Polio Survivors – The Pedorthist’s Role

October 22 @ 09:30
09:30 — 10:15

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Polio survivors are complex patients who benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to care.

After a period of stable disability – often lasting decades – polio survivors face the emergence of Late Effects of Polio (LEoP). This condition, and the more specific Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS), challenge not only the quality of these survivors’ mobility and safety, but also their outlook on participation and quality of life.

The pedorthist plays a role in the multidisciplinary care team by improving polio survivors’ tolerance, quality and safety of mobility, as well as posture and limb comfort. For polio survivors who walk (the majority), having a comfortable, predictable and reliable interface with the ground is essential to walking tolerance. For survivors who predominantly rely on wheeled mobility, static lower limb posture and comfort are as essential as having a reliable base for dynamic weight-bearing transfers.

There is much variability in the presentation of LEoP in each individual, and across the population of polio survivors. Hence, treating polio survivors requires an individualised approach to care. Each practitioner involved in post-polio care should understand the cluster of common LEoP symptoms and how their discipline’s interventions and advice can help improve polio survivors’ quality of life.

Activity participation by polio survivors can broach thresholds related to two of their four main risk areas – activity/exercise, and falling. With carefully chosen, conservative and monitored interventions, polio survivors can become more confident in their abilities, and continue to participate in home and community activities.

Historical aspects of polio, and demographic nuances of the Australian post-polio population are also examined in this presentation.

Michael Jackson

Polio Australia

Michael Jackson is the Clinical Health Educator for Polio Australia. He delivers Late Effects of Polio workshops to Australian healthcare professionals in order to improve their post-polio knowledge, and to reduce the frustrations of polio survivors accessing the healthcare system.

Michael’s physiotherapy training included twelve weeks at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California. While there, he found a calling for managing and treating complex patients with interesting stories, and spent invaluable time in the Rancho Polio Clinic.

He lives in Queensland, where he had a career in education prior to moving into physiotherapy, both careers contributing valuable experiences to his current role as a clinical educator.

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