How is physical therapy used to treat diabetic lumbosacral plexopathy?

Updated: Jan 04, 2021
  • Author: Divakara Kedlaya, MBBS; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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Neurologic recovery is slow for patients with diabetic lumbosacral plexopathy. A physical therapist (PT) can assist in improving a patient's functional mobility (eg, transfers, ambulation). The PT instructs the patient in the use of assistive devices when necessary. A therapeutic exercise and range-of-motion program supervised by the PT is helpful in maintaining and improving lower extremity prime-mover muscle function and avoiding major lower extremity joint contractures.

These patients may derive further benefit from a course of outpatient physical therapy, achieving their maximum potential in terms of functional mobility and lower extremity strength.


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