Rehabilitation of peripheral nerve diseases

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By Yi Pan MD and Florian P Thomas MD PhD MA

Physical and occupational therapies can improve functional capacity in patients with peripheral nerve disorder. Therapeutic exercises, orthoses, devices and other therapies are discussed here as the basis for rehabilitation in peripheral neuropathy. Patients should refer to physical and occupational therapists for evaluation and treatment. New orthoses and devices may be available with time to provide more comfort and mobility for patients with peripheral nerve disease.

Key Points

  • Refer to physical and occupational therapies for peripheral nerve disorders.
  • Order orthoses and devices to adapt functional impairment and disability.
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation may be beneficial in pain control or prevention of muscle atrophy.