Scott Crockett, a Missouri farmer, husband and father of three, contracted Guillain-Barre syndrome in November 2013. The disorder caused his immune system to attack his nerves, taking away his ability to walk. Over months of therapy at Madonna, Scott regained his mobility, first using a wheelchair and eventually walking with the help of a walker.
Madonna’s Neurological Program provides rehabilitation for patients with disorders that affect their body’s nervous system, helping them participate in their life roles at home or in community settings for as long as possible.
This includes diagnoses like Guillain Barre syndrome, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s disease and development disabilities like cerebral palsy or autism, as well as polyneuropathies and other neurological disorders, such as transverse myelitis and ataxias.
Each patient's care is directed by a physician who specializes in physiatry (physical medicine and rehabilitation) and/or a physician with specialization in internal medicine. Specialized care is also available for a variety of associated conditions as needed.
Physical and Occupational Therapies
Madonna customizes physical and occupational therapies to meet the needs of the patient and their diagnosis. Areas of focus can range from activities of daily living (ADLs), strength, mobility, spasticity management, transfers, locomotion, seating and positioning, and instruction in adaptive strategies for self-care, mobility and energy conservation.
Madonna's speech-language pathologists regularly work with patients whose illness or injury impacts their ability to communicate or swallow.
Rehabilitation for patients with neurological conditions includes other specialized services that promote regaining the highest level of independence:
Technology developed by the Communication Center of Excellence in the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering helps patients at Madonna communicate.
Madonna’s Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering’s researchers are among leading scientists and engineers around the world already using 3D printing to develop new tools and methods to advance the health care industry.
As a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, Madonna has some of the most advanced rehabilitation technology available.
The amount of information available about neurological disorders can be overwhelming. Madonna coordinates with national and local organizations to help patients find the most helpful online resources.