Neurological Disorders

The goal of physical therapy for neurological disorders is to restore as much function as possible, in order to help you regain independence and move freely.

The physical therapists at Schuster Physical Therapy are specialized in the treatment of patients who suffer from movement difficulties, either due to an injury or ailment surrounding the nervous system. 

We can help you find comfort in the fact that you will be receiving treatment from experts in the field. Our specialists will assess your situation and develop the best plan of care for your needs. For more information on how our physical therapy services in Jefferson, NC can benefit you and help you reclaim your life, request an appointment today!

How do neurology and physical therapy work together?

Physical therapists and neurologists work closely together in order to create the best treatment plan possible for each patient.  While neurology helps determine the areas that need work, physical therapy helps those areas improve. By participating in physical therapy treatments following a neurological injury, you can improve your function, perform targeted activities, and regain your independence much faster. PTs providing neurological rehabilitation services work with patients who have a wide range of neurological disorders, including, but not limited to:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease

Multiple Sclerosis

Common symptoms of multiple sclerosis include pain, fatigue, and weakness. Fortunately, physical therapy can help manage and decrease these symptoms. Our Jefferson, NC physical therapist will provide you with targeted stretches to ease muscle spasms and targeted exercises to increase strength and range of motion. 

You will also work on activities to help with balance and movement, in addition to being provided with information on the correct use of assistive devices.


ALS, medically referred to as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a progressive, neurological disease. It typically develops in the hand, feet, and extremities before progressing to the central part of the body. Those who develop ALS typically begin by noticing a challenge with walking, as they may frequently trip or lose their balance. It is also common to notice frequent muscle cramps or weakness in the hands or legs. As ALS progresses throughout the body, it can affect the way in which someone walks, uses their extremities, speaks, swallows, and even breathes. 

There is, unfortunately, no cure for ALS, but the goal of our rehabilitative team is to help maintain function and independence for as long as possible. We also focus on preventing secondary complications (such as fall-related injuries) by providing information for safety and adaptation when using assistive devices. As the disease progresses, our physical therapists can recommend adaptive equipment, such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, braces, and other devices.


Stroke is a leading cause of disability in adults. Schuster Physical Therapy can help relieve the effects of a stroke by working to improve balance, walking, and the use of assistive devices. After a stroke, our physical therapist in Jefferson, NC can help you regain your functional skills so you can get back to living your life independently.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, neurological disorder that affects the nerve cells in the brain. Common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include tremors, shuffling gait, stooped posture, and quiet, slurred speech.

Fortunately, physical therapy and a good exercise program can help slow the progress of Parkinson’s and provide relief for symptoms. It also helps to improve flexibility, strength, and balance by addressing several of the issues that Parkinson’s disease may cause. Exercise is a key piece to improving quality of life for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.

Get started on the first steps of your treatment plan today:

At Schuster Physical Therapy, our physical therapists work closely with your neurologist to provide the best treatment possible for you. If you are suffering from a neurological condition that is limiting you from living the life you want to live, don’t hesitate to contact our Jefferson, NC physical therapy office today. If you request an appointment to meet with one of our dedicated physical therapists, you will find out how we can best manage your symptoms and help you reach your physical goals. Don’t suffer in silence – find relief today.

Schuster Physical Therapy has a Certified PWR!Moves ® Therapist who is specialized in working with individuals with Parkinson’s Disease using the Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery approach. PWR! ® is evidence-based and focuses on task-specific training with large amplitude movements to help combat the effects of Parkinson’s. At SPT we take these principles and apply them with an individualized approach to address the things that you have trouble doing to help you live your best life. For more information on PWR!Moves, please visit their website