Transverse Myelitis

Transverse Myelitis is a neurological disorder affecting the nerves of the spinal cord. Nerve damage is the result of an inflammatory process which causes problems with nerve conduction and can occur at different levels in the spinal cord.

Linzi Meadows attended the North of England Transverse Myelitis Society conference at the Walton Centre in Liverpool on 3rd May. Paul and Ewan, pictured above, were also guests.

Often people will have accompanying flu-like symptoms where the transverse myelitis is linked to a viral or bacterial infection but this is not always the case.

The symptoms of transverse myelitis include muscle weakness, paralysis, altered sensation, neuropathic pain, increased muscle tone, fatigue, bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction.
Spontaneous recovery is variable and people present very differently. Long term rehabilitation is necessary for many people and neurological physiotherapy is an essential part of this process.

It is extremely important that anyone with transverse myelitis who experiences problems with functional movement gains help and advice from a neurological physiotherapist and preferably a Bobath physiotherapist. Bobath physiotherapists are particularly experienced in this area and can help people realise potential that they might not have previously thought possible. Bobath physiotherapists are especially skilled in helping the individual realise their potential. Controlling muscle spasms and learning how to understand what drives these spasms can be an extremely important part of this process. An individually designed treatment plan and home programme based on an in depth assessment helps achieve the best functional recovery possible.