I have a friend who has been conscious of her coca for 2 years but the walking is so slow, how is it handled?
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The condition of a very long coma can cause various physiological functions of the normal body to be disturbed. When a person is in a prolonged coma, the cells in the body, including the brain and muscles, can atrophy (shrink in size) because they haven't been used for a long time. As a comparison, try to imagine someone who is diligent in lifting weights, his body muscles will enlarge due to diligent training and use. When the person stops exercising, these muscles will shrink back because they are never used again. Likewise, the body cells in a person who is in a coma will experience shrinkage if they are never used.
In addition to atrophy of body cells, people who experience a coma can also experience stiffness in their joints, slowing down of internal organs (such as the heart and intestines), breathing problems, and so on. Therefore, after the occurrence of a long coma, a person must receive various physiotherapy to help him restore his body functions to normal. In addition, it is necessary to know the causes of self-experienced coma. If the coma involves permanent damage to the brain, impaired walking can also be caused by damage to the brain. In such cases, physiotherapy may improve walking function, but may not be complete.
We recommend that you send your friend to consult again with the doctor who treats him. Ask for a referral for physiotherapy with a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist (SpKFR). Your friend can do a variety of exercises taught during physiotherapy at home to help speed up his recovery period.
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