Management of lower extremity strength and function in traumatically brain-injured patients

Diana D. Cardenas, David R. Clawson

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Abstract

The traumatically brain-injured patient's major limitations in lower extremity strength and function are a result of damage to the neurologic control system. This discussion of the management of lower extremity strength and function includes a description of the determinants of strength and the elements of the motor control system. The authors recommend that the classic rehabilitation techniques described here be modified to suit each patient's unique requirements. Because traumatic brain injury may produce a wide range of physical impairments affecting the lower extremity - including paralysis, hypertonicity and movement disorders, weakness, and secondary complications - a multidisciplinary approach to management is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-50
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology

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