- Previous polio attack
- Severe original polio attack
- Later age at onset of infection
- Slowly progressive muscle weakness
- Muscular atrophy
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle pain
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Intolerance to heat or cold
- Prevent overuse of weak muscles
- Prevent disuse, atrophy, and weakness
- Protect joints from weak muscles
- Maximize function
- Minimize discomfort
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Assistive devices
- Weight loss, if overweight
- Medication to relieve muscle spasms and pain
- Occasionally, surgery to correct deformities that interfere with function
- Immunoglobulin—currently being studied to treat PPS
March of Dimes http://www.marchofdimes.org
Post-Polio Health International http://www.post-polio.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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Post-polio syndrome fact sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/post%5Fpolio/detail%5Fpost%5Fpolio.htm. Updated April 16, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
What is post-polio syndrome? Post-Polio Health International website. Available at: http://www.post-polio.org/edu/pps.html. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Reviewer: David L. Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/05/2014 -