The effect of early relearning on sensory recovery 4 to 9 years after nerve repair: a report of a randomized controlled study

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Twenty patients randomized to early sensory relearning (nine patients) or traditional relearning (11 patients) were assessed regarding sensory recovery 4 to 9 years after median or ulnar nerve repair. Outcomes were assessed with the Rosen score, questionnaires, and self-reported single-item questions regarding function and activity. The patients with early sensory relearning had significantly better sensory recovery in the sensory domain of the Rosen score, specifically, discriminative touch or tactile gnosis and dexterity. They had significantly less self-reported problems in gripping, clumsiness, and fine motor skills. No differences were found in questionnaires between the two groups. We conclude that early sensory relearning improves long-term sensory recovery following nerve repair. Level of evidence: I


External organisations
  • Skåne University Hospital
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Physiotherapy


  • Nerve injury, nerve repair, rehabilitation, sensibility, sensory relearning
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)626-630
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery: European Volume
Issue number6
Early online date2018 Apr 16
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul
Publication categoryResearch

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