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June 13, 1931

STUDIES ON EFFECT OF PHYSICAL THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES ON FUNCTION AND STRUCTURE: EFFECT ON BLOOD FLOW IN A NORMAL LIMB

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO
From the departments of Physiology and Physical Therapy, Northwestern University Medical School.

JAMA. 1931;96(24):2019-2021. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720500013004
Abstract

There is a great deal of interest at present in the treatment of various conditions by physical therapeutic procedures. Most of these methods are used only as adjuncts to older accepted forms of treatment, but the results obtained by the combined therapy is encouraging, in that quicker and often earlier recovery has been attained. This has awakened a new interest on the part of physicians, who have always manifested interest in methods to obtain complete restoration in function and structure, especially if the period of disability can at the same time be shortened.

Investigating the question concerning the value of electrical muscle stimulation in two of the conditions in which this form of treatment is quite common, namely, anterior poliomyelitis and peripheral nerve injuries, one is struck by the conflicting clinical reports and the available experimental data. Clinically there is some difference of opinion concerning the value of electrical stimulation

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