Plenary Session 8
Optimizing Outcomes in Patients with Peripheral Nerve Injury
This interprofessional panel presentation will address current concepts in the management of peripheral nerve injuries, especially entrapment neuropathies. Topics will include a surgeon’s perspective on clinical diagnosis of nerve entrapment, and differentiation of peripheral versus central nervous system signs and symptoms from a therapist’s perspective. A more recent trend in hand surgery is the increased use of nerve transfers to restore function following long-term entrapment neuropathy or trauma. A hand surgeon-therapist team will present the concepts of nerve transfer surgery and the post-operative neuromuscular reeducation that is critical to successful patient outcome.
- Perform an evidence-informed neuromusculoskeletal examination of the hand and upper limb to identify the signs and symptoms of entrapment neuropathy.
- Describe the principles of nerve transfer surgery to restore function in impaired peripheral nerve of the hand and upper limb.
- Develop a plan of care to facilitate the recovery of function following nerve transfer.