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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 1984|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation