St. Mauritius Therapieklinik Meerbusch
Department of Neurology (292222)
Specialized in: neurology
About the department
The Department of Neurology at the St. Mauritius Therapy Clinic under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Knecht offers a comprehensive treatment for patients with disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system. There are mostly treated patients with diseases of the nervous system, for example, brain and spinal cord disorders. There are also treated many patients with rare diseases.
The majority of patients come to the Department of Neurology at the St. Mauritius Therapy Clinic right from the Emergency Clinic. These are critically ill patients with an acute need of medical care and nursing in the Early Rehabilitation Unit (rehabilitation phase B), as well as the sick, whose condition is not very severe, and who can handle most daily routines by themselves (rehabilitation phases C and D). The patients with neurological disorders can often be prescribed to have different therapies at the same time. These include therapeutic gymnastics, occupational therapy or sports therapy, treatment of dysphagia, speech and language disorders, treatment of memory and concentration disorders in the field of neuropsychology, as well as isotherapy and music therapy. Moreover, a social service and counselors of the Department of Neurology at the St. Mauritius Therapy Clinic support both patients and their relatives.
The neurorehabilitation therapy aims to improve patient’s clinical condition or at least to handle daily limitations of his/her possibilities. The medical team of the Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Knecht uses not only conventional, but also new and promising treatments.
Early neurological rehabilitation makes up another focus of the Department of Neurology at the St. Mauritius Therapy Clinic, headed by Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Knecht. The Early Rehabilitation Unit at the Department of Neurology receives patients with the most severe brain disorders, characterized by an inadequate perception of the world and self-perception. They can breathe on their own, but require special approaches to the treatment and active monitoring of the multi-professional teams. The goal of early rehabilitation for severely ill patients is not only the stabilization of the clinical condition of patients and medical diagnosis, but primarily (and this distinguishes the approach from the usual intensive care) an active participation of the multi-professional teams at the earliest possible stage of the healing process.
The range of medical services of the Department of Neurology at the St. Mauritius Therapy Clinic includes i.a. the following clinical pictures:
- Cerebrovascular diseases, especially the condition after strokes, brain hemorrhages
- Condition after traumatic brain injuries with or without a concomitant polytrauma
- Inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system
- Systemic atrophies mostly affecting the central nervous system
- Extrapyramidal diseases and movement disorders (e.g. Parkinson's disease)
- Other degenerative diseases of the nervous system
- Demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system (e.g. multiple sclerosis)
- Episodic and paroxysmal nervous system disorders (e.g. epilepsy)
- Diseases of the nerves, nerve roots, nerve endings
- Polyneuropathies and other diseases of the peripheral nervous system
- Diseases of the muscles and neuromuscular synapses
Early neurological rehabilitation
- Vegetative state (VS) is a clinical picture, in which a patient with an extensive brain damage appears to be unconscious and even if periodically regains consciousness, he/she cannot make a conscious contact with the outside world
- Minimal conscious state (MCS) is a condition of partial consciousness, when the patient has even a minimal, but clear perception of himself and the world
- 1981 – 1987 Study of Medicine, Heidelberg; University of California San Francisco und Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
- 1988 – 1993 Medical specialist training at the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Düsseldorf 1993 Board certification in Neurology
- 1993 Research Fellow in Neurological Physiology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA 1995 Neuroradiology, University Hospital Münster
- 1996 Clinical Research Fellow at the Dept. of Clinical Neurophysiology, Uppsala, Sweden 1997 Certification for special neurological intensive care
- 1998 Habilitation in the field of Neurology and Neurophysiology
- 1997 – 2011 Senior Physician at the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Münster
- 1997 – 2011 Head of the Section of Cognitive Neurology at the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Münster
- 2002 – 2008 Deputy Head of the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Münster
- 2008 – 2011 Director of the Neuro Centre of the Schön Klinik Hamburg-Eilbek
- 2011 Invitation to the position of Chair of Social Medicine at the University of Lübeck (declined)
- Since 2011 Director of St. Mauritius Therapieklinik Meerbusch and Professor of Neurology at the University of Düsseldorf.
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