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ICC Sydney

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Peripheral nerve injury – pathophysiology, reconstruction & rehabilitation; Innovative concepts of peripheral interventions to lessen the impairments in CNS conditions.

Session outline

This is an attempt to highlight recon & rehab aspects of PNI, using lumbar plexus palsy (LPP) as an example, focusing on early diagnosis & management, timely investigations, early rehab team involvement, early & late (salvage) surgery where appropriate.

We then look at therapy approaches to these LMN lesions, including those that come on as complications over the background of pre-existing stroke, focusing on the added challenges of diagnosis, prognosis & management here.

Finally, we will explore how we can use some of the understandings from peripheral nerve pathophysiology to our advantage – to help the patients with higher lesions in the nervous system (stroke, Spinal cord injury (SCI), Cauda equina syndrome (CES), preganglionic brachial plexus injury (pBPI); we explore the possibility of expanding the sensate areas in these disabling conditions, through peripheral interventions.

Learning outcomes

  • Early recognition of the peripheral nerve injuries – LPP in particular, appreciating that many of these are cases of compartment syndromes resulting from Psoas / Iliacus bleeds – thus time-sensitive emergency cases requiring early, appropriate management.
  • Recognising & managing these in the presence of a stroke, as a particular added challenge.
  • Early, appropriate investigations & treatment of retroperitoneal bleeds (Psoas, Iliacus) & associated nerve palsies
  • Timely rehab referrals; appropriate rehab interventions
  • Timely & appropriate referrals for neurophysiology and salvage surgery
  • Different therapy approaches for CNS & PNS
  • Different patterns of sensate recovery in CNS & PNS lesions
  • How we can apply this knowledge to develop novel interventions for reducing disability in CNS lesions

Target audience

We expect this workshop to be educative & entertaining; we expect it to benefit audience from multiple backgrounds.

  • Allied health
  • Medical practitioners – GPs & multiple medical & surgical specialties
  • Students
  • Trainees – Rehab medicine as well as many medical & surgical specialties
  • Nursing staff
  • General public – Patients & family