Dynamic Facial Reanimation in Oncology: Rehabilitation Strategies and Management
Section: Oncology Section
Co-Section: Academy of Neurologic PT
Session Code: ON-2C-8271
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 103B

Speaker(s):   Danele Silverman, PT, DPT, ATC, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Structural impairment of the facial nerve is a potential consequence of surgical intervention or radiation therapy for several oncologic diagnoses. Facial nerve paralysis can contribute to significant limitations in facial expression, communication, eye protection, and oral intake. Dynamic facial reanimation is a surgical procedure that may be indicated to restore volitional movement and function to the face. There is a paucity of literature regarding rehabilitation following facial reanimation surgery, particularly among persons with cancer who have undergone CN V-VII and/or CN XI-VII transfers. In this session, the speakers will focus on dynamic facial reanimation surgery in the oncology population and describe an evidence-based approach to physical therapy management.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Review anatomy of the craniofacial region and facial nerve function.

2. Develop knowledge of etiology and management of facial nerve injuries in the oncology setting and implications for rehabilitation.

3. Apply evidence-based assessment and rehabilitation techniques to address impairments after facial reanimation surgery.

CEU: 0.2

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