How are these diseases treated?
Currently, there are no curative treatments for these processes, which means that today’s treatments are basically symptomatic, designed to relieve symptoms and increase the activity of the surviving neurons. The aim of these treatments is to minimize the clinical effects of the degenerative process.
Although degenerative diseases are technically not cases of acquired brain injury (ACI), both pathologies are characterized by a broad range of symptoms and their chronic nature. Hence, the treatment used for many symptoms is similar to the treatment of ACI (integral, all-round, multidisciplinary, sustained, etc.). Likewise, the techniques and treatments are similar to the techniques and treatments commonly applied in the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered ACI.
With this type of disease, it is crucial to focus on the patient’s level of activity to ensure that the patient maintains his or her activity at an optimal level. The aim is to prevent future complications and compensate for existing deficits by using new strategies and training the skills that the patient has been able to maintain. Such treatments are designed to ensure that this type of patient maintains the highest level of personal autonomy for as long as possible.