What is it about?

Any head injury will create lack of use which then leads to weakness. Any nerve or muscular stimulation may increase the ability of limbs to be used functionally and this may include new developments in stimulating nerves and muscles. This lack of use can be improved at any time after the injury and may continue indefinitely.

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Why is it important?

It may be assumed that if a paralysed person does not make progress then the patient is then forced to remain incapable of movement. However rehabilitation can continue even for life because when limbs are not used the muscles become weakened and strengthening them with electrical currents may improve function.

Perspectives

A case history is going to be included when the journal is printed and this will demonstrate how improvements can be achieved with improved quality of life for the individual

Phyllis Berger
University of the Witwatersrand

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This page is a summary of: A review of physical modalities and the potential to expand the treatment of patients with traumatic brain injury, Acupuncture in Medicine, April 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0964528419844264.
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