Slow Reversal-Hold Technique in Treating Radial Nerve Palsy Patient: A Case Report
Keywords:radial nerve palsy, slow reversal-hold technique, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), strengthening exercise, occupational therapy
Objectives: To demonstrate the effectiveness of slow reversal-hold technique in patients with incomplete radial nerve palsy associated with humerus fracture.
Study design: Case report.
Setting: Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital.
Subjects: A 28-year-old female patient diagnosed with fracture of upper end of left humerus subsequently developed incomplete radial nerve palsy.
Methods: Not applicable.
Results: The patient presented with wrist and finger drop and intrinsic and extrinsic wrist and finger flexors tightness of her left hand, resulting in difficulties in performing activities of daily living (ADL). Adding to conventional occupational therapy, slow reversal-hold proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) technique was used to treat her conditions. After 12 weeks of therapy, the aforementioned conditions resolved. Her hand function improved significantly and she eventually became totally independent in ADL.
Conclusion: Slow reversal-hold technique PNF technique combined with conservative treatment seemed to facilitate improvement of muscle power, resolving intrinsic tightness and extrinsic finger flexors shortening in a patient with incomplete radial nerve palsy.
Keywords: radial nerve palsy, slow reversal-hold technique, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), strengthening exercise, occupational therapy
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