Post-Polio Syndrome

Symptoms of post-polio syndrome can appear 10 to 40 years after the initial illness. The most common symptoms of post-polio syndrome include progressive muscle weakness, generalized and muscular fatigue and muscle atrophy. Pain from joint degeneration and increasing skeletal deformities is common and may precede weakness and muscle atrophy.

Post-polio syndrome is rarely life-threatening, but its symptoms can significantly interfere with an individual’s ability to function independently. Respiratory muscle weakness, which may result in breathing problems, can affect daytime functions and sleep. Weakness in swallowing muscles can result in aspiration of food and liquids into the lungs, causing pneumonia.

Physicians and therapists at Sheltering Arms Institute help patients maintain function and ensure quality of life. The clinical team utilizes a variety of therapy and exercises to educate and recommend lifestyle changes. Support groups and counseling for individuals and family members/caregivers is also available to guide the patient as they reach their rehabilitation goals.

Learn more about outpatient post-polio therapies at Sheltering Arms.

Learn about outpatient therapy for this condition at VCU Health.