Medico-legal guidance for solicitors
Musculoskeletal rehabilitation is recommended for people living with impairments or disabilities due to disease, disorders, or injury to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, or bones. Musculoskeletal injuries cam result in difficulty in movement and pain so rehabilitation programs are focused on improving the patient’s ability to function, reduction in their symptoms, and raise their overall standards of health.
Some of the conditions that may benefit from musculoskeletal rehab include the following:
- Amputation of limbs
- Tendon tears, such as Achilles tendon injuries and tears of the rotator cuff in the shoulder
- Repetitive stress injuries, such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Joint injury and replacement
- Trauma injuries, such as sprains, strains, joint dislocations, and fractures
- Back pain
- Bone tumours
Neurorehabilitation can be carried out in both inpatient and outpatient settings. For successful rehabilitation outcomes, active involvement of the individual and their family, along with the support for the expert team, is required. The core aim of musculoskeletal rehabilitation programs is to help patients restore the maximum level of function and independence possible, alongside improving the overall quality their physical, emotional, and social life.
To achieve neurorehabilitation goals, most of the programs employ one or more of the following options:
- In cases of limb amputation; educating individuals about fitting and taking care of casts, braces, and splints (orthoses), or about artificial limbs (prostheses)
- To prevent the development of contractures or muscle wasting in bedridden patients; exercise programs to improve range of motion, improve flexibility and mobility, increase muscle strength, and increase endurance.
- To promote independence; offering assistive devices, gait retraining and teaching methods of safe movement, including the use of a walker, cane, or crutch
- Counselling and educating patient’s families about their disability
- Pain and stress management, along with emotional support.
A multidisciplinary team of neurologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and neurorehabilitation nurses work towards a comprehensive program of rehabilitation.
As part of an integrated approach, our experts consider the effects of musculoskeletal injuries and can advise on their management and rehabilitation. NRC Medical Experts regularly produce court reports regarding musculoskeletal injuries. Such cases are often referred through solicitors and insurance companies for assessment and rehabilitation of patients following road traffic accidents or occupational injuries.
Meet our experts specialising in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and contact us to arrange a complimentary pre-instruction conversation today.