Guillain-Barré Syndrome & Treatment Highlands Rehab

Gillian-Barre Syndrome

Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a disease process where the body’s immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system.  It has a sudden onset and causes changes in sensation followed by weakness in the hands and feet.  Loss of strength can progress up the limbs and throughout the peripheral nervous system. Onset can range from half a day to two weeks; however, in some cases weakness can last several weeks.  

The exact cause of Guillain-Barré is unknown, but in two-thirds of reported cases, individuals have experienced a recent infection, usually within a few weeks of onset.  There are treatments that have proven effective in reducing the severity of the disease, including rehabilitation.  Degree and rate of recovery varies in all cases.

Rehabilitation at Highlands for Guillain-Barré Syndrome

When the trauma of the injury has stabilized, rehabilitation should be the next step.  Our rehabilitation team is knowledgeable and ready to assist.  Common therapy services for TBI may include:

  • Spiritual Care 
  • Wound Care
  • Recreational Activities 
  • Support Groups

What will I do in rehabilitation?

What you do in rehabilitation depends on what you need to become independent. You may work to improve your independence in many areas. These include:

  • self-care skills such as feeding, grooming, bathing and dressing
  • mobility skills such as transferring, walking or self-propelling a wheelchair
  • swallowing skills, supervised by a speech language pathologist