What is inpatient rehabilitation therapy indicated for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?

Updated: Jan 02, 2020
  • Author: Divakara Kedlaya, MBBS; Chief Editor: Ryan O Stephenson, DO  more...
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The patient's rehabilitation program may be initiated in the inpatient setting, at the time of diagnosis, or at a follow-up outpatient visit with a physiatrist.

An inpatient rehabilitation stay is indicated when the patient has had a significant decline in function and appropriate resources or equipment have not been set up in the patient's home yet to provide for current needs.

An inpatient stay also may be necessary after noninvasive or invasive ventilation has been initiated to monitor the patient and allow time to educate the patient and caregivers on the appropriate use of equipment while the ventilator and other respiratory aids are being set up in the home.


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