Donor Activation Focused Rehabilitation Approach. Maximizing Outcomes After Nerve Transfers

Lorna Canavan Kahn, Amy M. Moore

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Abstract

As nerve transfers become the mainstay in treatment of brachial plexus and isolated nerve injuries, the preoperative and postoperative therapy performed to restore motor function requires continued dedication and appreciation. Through the understanding of the general principles of muscle activation and patient education, the therapist has a unique impact on the return of function in patients with nerve injuries. As surgeons continue to develop novel nerve transfers, the perioperative training, education, and implementation of the donor activation focused rehabilitation approach model is critical to ensure successful outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-277
Number of pages15
JournalHand clinics
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2016

Keywords

  • DAFRA
  • Exercise
  • Hand therapy
  • Nerve transfer
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation

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