Neurological diseases affect the brain, spinal cord and nerves throughout the body and this can lead to difficult moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing or learning. There are more than 600 types of neurological diseases, the most frequent of which are stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries and Parkinson’s disease. Approximately 50,000 Canadians have a stroke each year; 75% of those surviving are left with some level of disability. Physiotherapy for stroke survivors is an integral part of their rehabilitation treatment plan. As members of stroke teams,
physiotherapists address physical function issues and prevention of subsequent strokes, which are key determinants of quality of life.