Interventions to Support Sensory Systems

PTAs can provide opportunities for patients with sensory dysfunction to attend, discriminate, and functionally adapt to sensory information so that movement improves during functional activities. In PTA 132L, 133L, and 104L, we introduced orthopedic interventions, such as closed chain activities, that facilitate improvements in kinesthesia and proprioception. Additional examples of interventions to support sensory systems while working to improve movement and motor control include:


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PTAs instruct patients and family members in strategies to increase attention to sensory stimulation and integration. As patients recall and reuse strategies to attend to stimuli, the neuromuscular system is set up to become as successful as possible. Sensory neglect and visual field cuts impact safety and recovery of the involved side. As the patient progresses, cueing should decrease and the situations and environments should be made progressively more complex to optimize functional recovery. The following are examples of using multi-modal feedback to promote attention to areas of sensory impairment and neglect during functional tasks:

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Use of Supportive Devices to Improve ROM and Joint Mobility



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