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THE LATE EFFECTS OF POLIO

Some twenty or thirty years after contracting polio, 70% of people experience new symptoms.
These symptoms may include:
  • new muscle weakness
  • joint and muscle pain
  • breathing problems
The severity of these symptoms may slowly increase.

RESEARCH

Research into the late effects of polio is under way. Some possible causes are:
  • the overuse of polio-weakened muscles leading to deterioration
  • the premature ageing of nerve cells damaged by infection
  • a diminished ability for polio-affected muscles to continue functioning normally

MANAGING THE LATE EFFECTS

Suggestions for the relief of symptoms include:
  • energy conservation
  • weight control
  • posture changes
  • relaxation and stress management

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Network are:
  • to provide advice through an information kit, regular newsletters, web site and bulletins
    on polio and the management of its late effects
  • to encourage the interchange of thoughts and experiences of polio through seminars,
    internet forum and local support groups
  • to encourage research into the late effects of polio

Post-Polio Network (NSW) Inc.

The Network was established officially in 1989 to support people who have had polio
and who may be experiencing its late effects.

The most recent update to this site was on 31 October 2011

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