sensory re-education timing

by Janice


I was wondering about the timing for sensory re-education. My client has a lot of flexor tone in his right arm with contractures. Passively, we can bring his wrist to neutral which forces all fingers to further flex. We can extend fingers with wrist in approx. 90 degrees of flexion.

He lacks sensation along his radial and median nerve. As it isn't possible to grasp objects (many of the treatment options listed on this website), would it be more beneficial to wait to complete sensory re-education until he has more active ROM?

Thank you!

Answer: You do not have to wait for more AROM to due sensory re-education. In fact, sensory input to the arm can help improve a patient's awareness of the arm as well.

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