Post-polio syndrome and rehabilitation

Ann Phys Rehabil Med. 2010 Feb;53(1):42-50. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2009 Dec 30.


Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is the commonly affected term to describe the symptoms that may develop many years after acute paralytic poliomyelitis. The etiology of PPS is still unclear. An overuse of enlarged motor units is suspected causing denervation again due to distal degeneration of axons. Metabolic and functional changes has been described in muscle fibers of partially denervated muscles. Nevertheless, submaximal aerobic training and low intensity muscular strengthening have shown positive effects on muscular strength and cardiorespiratory system in patients affected by PPS. Aquatic therapy has a positive impact on pain and muscle function. In patients with severe fatigue, it is recommended to adapt the daily exercise routine to their specific case.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Humans
  • Muscle Weakness / physiopathology
  • Muscle Weakness / rehabilitation
  • Physical Endurance / physiology
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome / rehabilitation*