• novel treatment of paralysis with extracorporeal shock waves and the extensive combination therapy
In paraplegia (paraparesis) it depends on whether it is the complete or incomplete form.
In the complete forms of paraplegia, the aim is to prevent as far as possible the shortening of muscles by means of adequate muscle and joint care. The extensive combination therapy at our clinic has proved to be a good method of combating muscle contractures in all forms of neurological diseases, thus also in paraplegia.
However, if it is an incomplete form of paraplegia, the question must be asked, which of the patient’s residual functions can still be used. Thus the aim of therapy goes beyond muscle and joint care.
We have recently found that the use of extracorporeal shock waves to stimulate the nerves can produce good results in incomplete paraplegia. Only during the course of treatment can it be assessed which functions can be improved. Useful and measurable improvements were obtained in most cases of incomplete paraplegia, even many years after the damage to the spinal cord.
Naturally, the improvements are limited.