THE ROLE OF P.N.F. TECHNIQUES IN THE RECOVERY OF THE PARALYSIS OF EXTERNAL POPLITEAL SCIATIC NERVE
The recovery of the motor deficit caused by neurapraxia is indispensably linked to the removal of the compression on the nerve and to a recovery strategy based on the facilitation of a motor response. The study was carried out on a 32-year-old patient with comminuted fracture of the lower third of the left femur, for which she had a surgical intervention, the fracture being stabilized using a metal plate and screws. The programme was made up of: stimulating massage, facilitation techniques in an open kinetic chain, then in a closed kinetic chain using the gym ball, the medicinal ball and the cane, exercises for the re-education of sensitivity, exercises using different objects, exercises using the wall ladder, pedalling on the ergonomic bike, etc. The results achieved confirm the hypothesis formulated in the beginning; thus, the recovery of the sensory-motor deficit was achieved in 3 months, compared to the 6-9-month period normally estimated, thus halving the recovery period.