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Research Article  |   February 1989
Occupational Therapy and the Postpolio Syndrome
Author Affiliations
  • Grace R. Young, OTR, is Senior Occupational Therapist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Downey, California 90242. She is also enrolled in the advanced master’s degree program of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
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Musculoskeletal Impairments / Neurologic Conditions / Features
Research Article   |   February 1989
Occupational Therapy and the Postpolio Syndrome
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1989, Vol. 43, 97-103. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.2.97
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1989, Vol. 43, 97-103. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.2.97
Abstract

Approximately 75,000 polio survivors are experiencing new weakness, pain, and fatigue that are related to their initial disease. These problems affect their functional ability; therefore, they are of concern to occupational therapists. Overwork of a weakened neuromuscular system is believed to be the cause of these late symptoms. This article reviews current writings on the late effects of poliomyelitis. An understanding of the symptoms, causality, and psychosocial ramifications of this phenomenon facilitates effective occupational therapy intervention. Guidelines for occupational therapy assessment and treatment are included.