An Australia-wide questionnaire survey was conducted of 318 people who contracted polio between 1907 and 1962. It examined their medical histories, post-polio symptoms, effects of these symptoms on respondents' lives, and treatments found to be effective or ineffective. The average respondent was experiencing increasing muscle weakness, pain and fatigue. These imposed major restrictions on daily living activities and resulted in fear and depression. Physiotherapists were the allied health professionals most likely to be consulted. Physiotherapy was rated as providing considerable or some relief by a relatively high proportion (80 per cent) of clients but it also attracted criticism primarily due to vigorous exercise programs that increased fatigue and weakness. Aspects of the care of people with late effects of polio are discussed.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Australian Journal of Physiotherapy|
|Publication status||Published - 1991|