Principles of Rehabilitation in Reconstructive Surgery in the Upper Limb
Ranelli S., Forsythe S., Nanchahal J.
To best establish appropriate treatment aims and treatment strategies in the rehabilitation of the patient having undergone reconstructive surgery, the therapist must understand the general principles underpinning the reconstructive procedure/s performed by the surgeon. The therapist then applies his/her knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics during assessment of the patient and must consider possible contraindications of routine treatment techniques that may compromise the reconstruction. Communication with the surgeon and the patient is essential so that treatment goals are understood, agreed and ultimately achieved.