Definition of upper extremity functional restoration for spinal cord injury
If you’ve experienced a spinal cord injury, you may benefit from therapy to help improve physical function in your upper extremities — your shoulders, arms, forearms, wrists and hands. Therapists use several techniques to restore movement needed in your daily life, including nerve re-education, muscle strengthening, task training and others. Therapists work with you to reduce your long-term complications and help you regain the ability to perform self-care and daily activities.
Staff also may use functional electrical stimulation (FES) to help improve your movement in your arms, wrists and hands. In FES, small electric currents applied to specific muscles cause the muscles to contract. FES may help you perform tasks such as grasping or holding an item, and enhance your ability to perform daily living skills. FES may also be used as an exercise tool to promote overall fitness and wellness in your spinal cord injury recovery.