Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a condition that affects individuals several years after recovery from an acute attack of the poliomyelitis virus. PPS affects the muscles, causing progressive muscle weakness, fatigue, and atrophy. Pain, generalised fatigue, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and skeletal deformities such as scoliosis may also be seen.
Although there is no known cure for PPS, physiotherapy management aims to improve muscle strength, increase mobility, reduce fatigue, manage pain, reduce soft tissue shortening, and improve quality of life.
Physiotherapy treatment for people with PPS will often include cardiopulmonary endurance training and muscle strength training, with close monitoring and gradual progressions.