Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder (FND)

FND is the second most common condition diagnosed by neurologists after headaches. It has also been known as Conversion disorder or Somatic Symptom disorder. Functional disorders are defined having no known organic cause/basis but are believed to be the result of psychological factors (however psychological factors are not required for a diagnoses). A diagnosis must be made by a neurologist, and diagnostic criteria includes:

– having one or more motor or sensory neurological symptoms

– these symptoms cannot be explained general medicine, substance abuse or behaviour

– symptoms are not intentional or feigned

– Symptoms cause significant distress or impairment

– Symptoms are not limited to pain, sexual dysfunction or mental disorder

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms range widely and include muscle weakness, fatigue, tremors, spasms, dizziness or even blackouts. Most people will have a combination of two or three symptoms.

How can physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapists can play an important role in rehabilitation of those with difficulties in walking or abnormal movement patterns. Learning more about the condition, setting goals with a physiotherapist and practicing regular exercises that promote normal movement patterns can significantly improve function.

The following link may be useful to learn more about this condition and the treatments that help with particular symptoms.

At K.M. Woods Physiotherapy, we offer both clinical and domiciliary (home visit) physiotherapy for patients with FND, and general neurological conditions. We offer appointments at each of our 4 clinical sites – Glasgow West End, Clarkston, Newton Mearns, & Kirkintilloch. Call 01413530906 to enquire or make a booking!