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Neurorehabilitation approaches for disorders of the peripheral nervous system 

Neurorehabilitation approaches for disorders of the peripheral nervous system
Neurorehabilitation approaches for disorders of the peripheral nervous system

William Huynh

, Michael Lee

, and Matthew Kiernan


May 26, 2016: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 17 September 2021

Disorders of the peripheral nervous system comprise both traumatic and non-traumatic aetiologies that may involve different levels in the spinal cord, emerging spinal nerve roots, brachial or lumbosacral plexus, to the peripheral nerves. Lesions can be focal, as in most cases of traumatic aetiology, or multifocal or generalized as commonly seen in non-traumatic causes. Current rehabilitative strategies aim at reversing the underlying cause of the nerve lesion, whilst at the same time, treating the symptoms, and preventing complications. More specifically, the emphasis of rehabilitation is to maximize functional independence, locomotion, prevent physical deformity, facilitate integration into society, and overall, improve quality of life. This chapter provides a basic understanding of the pathophysiology of neurological deficits associated with lesions of the peripheral nervous system, followed by a systematic discussion of the general principles. The aim is to provide the healthcare professional with a template and practical approach to the delivery of such therapy.

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