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Rehabilitation

L. S. Illis

in Spinal Cord Dysfunction: Volume II: Intervention and Treatment

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780192617873
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191724312 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192617873.003.0014
Rehabilitation

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Although the future, as regards patients with spinal injury, must lie in the fields of regrowth and connection of nerve fibres and in the development of genetic engineering techniques to encourage growth connection, there is real evidence for improved function using new approaches to intervention and treatment. All rehabilitation measures must rely upon accurate assessment. This is essential in order to plan rehabilitation programmes and to delineate goals, and also as a means of monitoring progress and validating therapy. There are many clinical assessment schedules, but, unfortunately, no general accepted disability assessment, and most rehabilitation units use a locally adapted schedule. Although this is useful for the individual unit, it becomes impossible to compare the outcome of therapy from unit to unit.

Keywords: rehabilitation measures; spinal injury; clinical assessment; rehabilitation programmes; rehabilitation units; therapy

Chapter.  2303 words. 

Subjects: Neuroscience

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