Spastic hemiplegia in a quadriplegic patient: Treatment with phenol nerve block

S. F. Wainapel, D. Haigney, K. Labib

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A quadriplegic patient with a C6 lesion had a stroke with aphasia and right hemiplegia 20 years after his cervical cord injury. The combination of hemiplegia and quadriplegia created unusual rehabilitation problems, the most disabling of which was a painful flexion contracture of the right elbow that prevented any useful right arm function. A sequence of phenol nerve blocks produced almost complete resolution of this contracture and was a key factor in his successful return to independent living. Although phenol block is much less commonly performed in the upper than lower extremities, its judicious use in carefully selected cases may be beneficial to the patient's functional outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)786-787
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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