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Apraxia is a condition that affects a persons ability to carry out pre-planned movements despite the fact that the individual has the desire to complete the task and has the physical capacity to do so. At Liverpool Neuro Physio we believe that once apraxia has been diagnosed it is important to commence physiotherapy treatment as soon as possible in order to maintain and improve the current level of functional ability you possess.
Apraxia is a disorder of the brain and nervous system in which a person is unable to carry out certain tasks or movements even though they know how to do them and have the physical ability to perform them. For example, you may not be able to form a fist with your fingers. Apraxia is caused by damage to the part of the brain that coordinates motor planning. Apraxia can also develop as a result of problems with brain development.
At Liverpool Neuro Physio we understand that living with apraxia is frustrating for you and your families. As a result your physiotherapist can help alleviate some of the difficulties you experience as result of your apraxia by providing advice and assistance on suitable strategies and prompts as well as task practice in order to help you improve your performance of everyday tasks.
Apraxia comes in many forms and each type affects a different part of the body. The following types of Apraxia can be managed by physiotherapy intervention:
Ideational apraxia inhibits an individuals ability to create a plan for a specific movement. Ideational apraxia results in the individual finding it difficult to perform complex tasks which have previously been learned in the correct order. For example the individual would find it difficult to put their socks on before they put their shoes on.
Ideomotor apraxia inhibits an individuals ability to carry out commands form the brain. Individuals with ideomotor apraxia find it difficult to voluntarily complete tasks they have previously learnt how to perform, even when given the necessary objects.
Limb-kinetic apraxia inhibits an individuals ability to carry out precise, careful movements with a finger, an arm or a leg. For example the individual may struggle using hand tools such as a screwdriver, even though they understand what the screwdriver does and how to use it.
Gait apraxia affects an individuals ability to coordinate movements for walking. Gait apraxia is characterised by shuffling and halting steps, stooped posture, and an inability to step over obstacles.
The effects of apraxia include:
Once apraxia has been identified it is important that physiotherapy treatment is commenced as soon as possible in order to maintain and improve your current level of functional ability. Physiotherapy treatment for Apraxia varies from person to person.
At Liverpool Neuro Physio your physiotherapist will:
Physiotherapy treatment for apraxia is often very effective. Benefits of treatment may include:
At Liverpool Neuro Physio our experienced physiotherapists can provide you with effective treatment for your form of apraxia with the aim to improve and maintain your functional abilities.