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Physio treatment for AVM

Physio treatment for AVM

Treatment for arteriovenous malformation (AVM) will be dependent on the symptoms that the individual experiences. Specific medical intervention may include embolization, neurosurgery or radiation therapy in order to minimise or prevent the risk of haemorrhage.

Physiotherapy treatment for AVM will be based on the individual's presentation during a neurological physiotherapy assessment. At Manchester Neuro Physio, our neurological physiotherapists have a wealth of experience in the assessment and treatment of individuals recovering from AVM.

Following the initial neurological physiotherapy assessment, your therapist will discuss the goals of your rehabilitation. If the AVM has caused mild symptoms you may want to recover function in your fingers in order to improve your handwriting. If you are more severely affected by AVM, a therapeutic goal could be to sit out of bed for an afternoon or to stand at the sink for a few minutes.

Depending on your symptoms and goals, physiotherapy treatment may focus on:

  • Trunk control for sitting or standing
  • Gait re-education with appropriate walking aids
  • Upper and lower limb strengthening exercises
  • Fine motor and dexterity exercises
  • Practice of functional activities
  • Sensory and proprioceptive stimulation
  • Soft tissue mobilisation and stretches
  • Dynamic balance work

At Manchester Neuro Physio, our specialist physiotherapists are trained in several adjunct treatment modalities that may be appropriate to ensure an individual makes maximum recovery after AVM. For example, if muscles are tight and stiff, botox injections and serial casting may be an appropriate intervention. If you are struggling to recover function of the upper limb, your physiotherapist will assess if you are an appropriate candidate for the use of Saebo splint or electrical stimulation.

To discuss your symptoms and difficulties after AVM, please telephone us on 0161 883 0066 to speak to an experienced neurological physiotherapist about how we can help you regain function and achieve the highest possible quality of life.

Introduction to Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)

To book an assessment or for more information please email call 0161 883 0066 .