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Polio (cont.)

Polio Medical Treatment

There is no treatment that will cure polio once the virus has infected the patient. The key to treatment is early diagnosis and supportive treatments such as bed rest, pain control, good nutrition, and especially physical therapy to prevent deformities from occurring over time and prevention of muscle function loss. Some patients will need extensive support such as breathing assistance and special diets if they cannot swallow or have difficulty swallowing; others may require plaster splints to avoid pain, muscle spasms, and limb deformities.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/18/2013
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