Utilizing Concepts of Neuroplasticity and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) in Rehabilitation of Patients with Upper Extremity Hemiplegia/Paralysis

This course is free for TNOTA members.

Utilizing Concepts of Neuroplasticity and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) in Rehabilitation of Patients with Upper Extremity Hemiplegia/Paralysis

Self Paced Course
$20 | 1 Contact Hour

This course is created by the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association.

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Unfortunately, existing therapies for recovering arm and hand function after stroke have limited success and often work only for patients who retain some ability to move. Recent therapeutic developments have utilized the phenomenon of neuroplasticity, the capability of the central nervous system to relearn how to perform different tasks that might have been severely impaired or impossible following a spinal cord injury or stroke. It is believed that the active attempt to move combined with the actual movement of the arm and/or hand produced by functional electrical stimulation and the sensory feedback produced by the movement engages portions of the nervous system relevant to the specific task, promoting neural changes that in turn result in recovering voluntary movement.

Review randomized controlled trials of conventional therapy paired with use of non-invasive FES demonstrating improvement of arm and hand function and active range of motion in patients with hemiplegia due to stroke or upper limb paralysis due to C3-T1 spinal cord injury.



Presented by: 

Christy Aylies, PT

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Learning objectives
After this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify a principle of neuroplasticity.
  • Describe a key concept to neuronal plasticity for upper extremity function.
  • Identify two neural pathways involved in neuroplasticity.
Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Complete payment or TNOTA membership log in for course enrollment
  • View course videos in entirety
  • Pass the course exam with a score of 80% or greater
  • Complete the Post Course Evaluation
Please note that no credit or certificate will be issued unless all criteria is met.  Partial credit will not be issued.  
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No refunds will be issued after a course has been attended for more than 30 minutes.  Partial credit will not be issued.  

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In the event of inclement weather or other event resulting in the inability for a live course to be provided within the scheduled time, learners will be offered an alternate date or a full refund for registration paid.
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This course is being offered as part of Aspire OT's State Association Partnership Program. This course is free for TNOTA Members.