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Post Polio Syndrome:
Recognizing the Unrecognizable

By Henk Snyman, MD

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How to Help

A strong support base is critical for those living with post-polio syndrome as it is likely that among other positive effects, the chances the condition will be officially accepted by the medical community will vastly improve if caregivers acknowledge PPS and encourage their loved ones to speak out about it. Fortunately, there are an overwhelming number of PPS communities and support groups that have been established to address the growing concern of post-polio syndrome. These support groups convene regularly to discuss lifeís challenges associated with PPS and ways in which individuals can move on and rebuild their lives.

The creation of these PPS support groups has garnered the attention of numerous physicians, who have taken a special interest in studying the transformation of the disease and utilizing unique treatments for individuals living with PPS. Over the last few years, specialty physicians, including doctors of osteopathy, acupuncturists, chiropractors and physical therapists, have treated PPS with alternative therapies that have served to create a pathway to a more active, fulfilling life for their patients.

Life is Possible

Through a recent increase in awareness and attention, post-polio syndrome has started gaining traction and validation within the medical community. And with recent advances in medicine and technology, breakthrough treatments that treat the debilitating side effects of the condition arenít far away.

It takes a strong will to be a caregiver for an individual living with an illness. For caregivers of those with PPS, it is difficult to be the supportive backbone when all others have become skeptics and have dismissed PPS as a serious medical condition. As a result, these providers are encouraged to discuss the condition with their loved ones, and in turn, encourage them to have open communication lines with physicians, medical professionals, and fellow polio survivors.


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