Though the objective of neuromodulation is often symptomatic improvement (e.g., analgesic benefit, reduction of tremors and spasticity) the outcome that really matters in the long-run is the restoration of functional ability. This goal has not yet received the attention that it deserves either in research or in clinical practice. However, recent advances in measuring and treating disability and strategies to reduce it provide us with an opportunity to reach for the “Holy Grail” of improving function in patients with pain, paresis or spasticity or any combination of these syndromes. This session will offer an opportunity for attendees to learn about some of the important advances in these areas.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Recognize the importance of evaluating and improving functional outcomes in patients receiving neuromodulation therapies.
- Identify strategies for rehabilitation in patients with spinal cord injury.
- Describe use of wearable technology including biosensors for evaluating outcomes of spinal cord stimulation trials and implants.
- Appraise the role of combining neuromodulation with effective rehabilitation in restoring function in patients with neurological injury-related pain and motor deficits.
Neuromodulation and Functional Outcomes: Developing Optimal Postoperative Rehabilitation Plans
John Chae, MD
Prehab and Rehab: Setting the Stage for Success and Following-Up on It
Susan Schellinck, OT
Optimizing Rehabilitation Strategies for Spinal Cord Injury: Programming and Physical Therapy Guidance
Susan Harkema, PhD
Using Wearable Technology to Evaluate Functional Outcomes: Are We There Yet?
Anuj Bhatia, MBBS MD FRCA FRCPC FFPMRCA FIPP CIPS
Faculty subject to change.