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Dr. Angela Mattke, pediatrician, and Dr. Peter Rhee, orthopedic hand surgeon, talk about enhancing upper limb function in brain and spinal cord injured patients.
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What is the best therapy for brain injured patients to regain arm and hand motion and use? And which tools do you recommend for help with bathing, eating, using the computer etc?
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How can a person with a brain injury ( mainly in the pond and cerebellum) Improves balance and gait ?
Is there therapy for improving upper Limb function in spinal cord injury and is there a time limit post injury?
Hi, is this video available later in day to view, I'm at work during the time posted. My daughter suffered a TBI, September, 2015 and is struggling with gate, left hand clawed and decision making. I need help.
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Hi @caspar50, yes the video will be archived on this very page of the Connect website. You'll be able to view it at any time. May I ask how old your daughter is?
She will be 37 this August
Thank you for your question. The best therapy is a combination of physical therapy (someone else stretching and moving the joints) and splints to prevent contractures. Adaptive tools are available for various activities of daily living.
After sustaining a spinal cord injury (SCI), therapy consists of stretching, moving the joints, splint use, functional electrical stimulation. Although these therapies may not restore function or permit severely injured nerves to heal, they can help maintain a a flexible upper limb which may benefit from reconstructive surgery to restore function.
I am sorry for your daughter's injury and the hardships that you and her have faced. I hope that you can watch the video later on and hopefully gain some helpful information. Clenched fist (or claw hand) deformity can be very hard for patients and caregivers. Surgical procedures are available to help improve cosmetics, enhance function, and to facilitate good hygiene in select patients.
how can a person with post stroke hemiplegia gain more hand and arm function?
My son has a TBI. His right side was affected more than the left. He has minimal use of right arm and his hand will not cooperate with what his mind tells it to do (he can't open it when he wants to). I know TBI takes a while, but wondering if anything can help. He received in home therapy, but they don't work with his arm/hand but about 10 minutes per week.
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Is there a time limit post Spinal cord injury in which this will help?
Could you comment more on functional electrical stimulation
What do you mean by “reconstructive surgery “?
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