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St. Mauritius Therapieklinik Meerbusch

location_on Meerbusch, Germany
9.5/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Neurology ( 292222)

Stefan Knecht

Prof. Dr. med.

Stefan Knecht

Specialized in: neurology

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Beruflicher Werdegang

  • 1981-87:    Medizinstudium, Heidelberg; University of California San Francisco und Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
  • 1988-93:    Facharztweiterbildung an der Klinik für Neurologie des Universitäts¬klinikums Düsseldorf
  • 1993    Facharzt Neurologie
  • 1993:    Research Fellow in Neurological Physiology an der University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA
  • 1995:    Neuroradiologie, Universitätsklinikums Münster
  • 1996:    Clinical Research Fellow am Dept. of Clinical Neurophysiology, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 1997    Zertifikation für spezielle neurologische Intensivmedizin
  • 1998    Habilitation für Neurologie und Neurophysiologie
  • 1997 – 2011    Oberarzt an der Klinik für Neurologie des Universitätsklinikums Münster
  • 1997 – 2011    Leiter der Sektion Kognitive Neurologie der Klinik für Neurologie des Universitätsklinikums Münster
  • 2002 – 2008    Stellvertretender Leiter der Klinik für Neurologie des Universitätsklinikums Münster
  • 2008 – 2011    Direktor des Neurozentrum der Schön Klinik Hamburg Eilbek
  • 2011    Ruf auf Lehrstuhl für Sozialmedizin der Universität zu Lübeck abgelehnt
  • 2011    bis heute Direktor der St. Mauritius Therapieklinik Meerbusch und Professor für Neurologie an der Universität Düsseldorf
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Knecht+Stefan

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

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