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Treatment of arm and hand dysfunction after CNS damage 

Treatment of arm and hand dysfunction after CNS damage
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Treatment of arm and hand dysfunction after CNS damage
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Nick Ward

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199673711.003.0020

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

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date: 29 March 2020

Residual upper limb dysfunction after injury to the central nervous system is a major clinical, socioeconomic and societal problem. Upper limb dysfunction can occur in many disorders of the central nervous system including cervical spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis, but therapeutic approaches for upper limb dysfunction after stroke are the most thoroughly investigated. General approaches to treatment require:�(i)�avoidance of complications such as spasticity, pain, and loss of range; (ii) early high-dose engaging functional motor training; (iii) consideration of how neuroplastic processes might be engaged to enhance the effects of training. The evidence to deliver optimal personalized treatment strategies for all patients is lacking, but there is evidence that higher doses and intensity of upper limb therapy will be beneficial to most patients. Recent work has focused on how technological innovation might be used to promote recovery of upper limb function.

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