Corporate Office- South Bend, IN

17187 State Road 23 South Bend, IN 46635 Phone: (574) 273-6000 Fax: (574) 247-8199 View Map & Get Directions

Elkhart, IN

1612 W. Lexington Ave. Elkhart, IN 46514 Phone: (574) 522-2273 Fax: (574) 522-4563 View Map & Get Directions

Plymouth, IN

1920 W. Lake Ave. Plymouth, IN 46563 Phone: (574) 941-4444 Fax: (574) 941-4440 View Map & Get Directions

Michigan City, IN

3219 South Franklin Street Michigan City, IN 46360 Phone: (219) 872-1000 Fax: (219) 879-1917 View Map & Get Directions

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Medical Office Building

611 E. Douglas Road, Suite 124 Mishawaka, IN 46545 Phone: 574-247-8100 Fax: 574-855-2475 View Map & Get Directions

Health Issues

Post-Polio Syndrome Treatment and Care

Unfortunately, there are currently no effective medications or medical treatments to slow or stop Post-Polio Syndrome. There are a number of studies that show how non-fatiguing exercises may improve muscle strength and reduce tiredness to improve quality of life.

Some treatments include:

  • The use of steroid prednisone, but the mild improvements may be outweighed by negative side effects
  • Intravenous immunoglobulin may reduce pain and increase quality of life
  • The anticonvulsant drug lamotrigine has shown modest positive effects, but more studies need to be done
  • Specific and supervised exercises are highly encouraged to treat PPS. Doctors warn that any exercise that causes additional weakness, excessive fatigue, or unduly prolonged recovery time to the person should be stopped and can do more harm than good
  • People with PPS are encouraged to use mobility aids (walkers, canes and wheelchairs) and ventilation equipment (portable oxygen and CPAP machines) to increase comfort and reduce fatigue
  • Experts recommend changing daily activities to prevent or avoid rapid muscle tiring and total body exhaustion. This may be drastic to people who are used to being very physically active

Education and support are also important in the fight against PPS. Managing PPS can involve lifestyle changes that can reduce symptoms, fatigue and exhaustion. Support groups, post-polio group participation groups and counseling may help both the individuals and families adjust to this disease.