The Krems Conference, organized by the Department for Clinical Neurosciences and Preventive Medicine, covered current topics in neurorehabilitation and took place for the 20th time on 15 November 2021. The conference addressed the topic "Botulinum toxin (BTX) and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) - contradiction or complementary?".
Physicians, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists expanded their knowledge regarding the two treatment methods being botulinum toxin (BTX) and functional electrical stimulation (FES). After overview presentations on the current evidence on the effect and possible applications of botulinum toxin (BTX) and functional electrical stimulation (FES) in neurorehabilitation, a workshop on practical application was part of the program.
Using case studies that reflected both the therapeutic and the medical view of the patients, lively discussions took place on indications, the selection of muscles to be treated and the clinical effect of BTX applications. Stimulation devices and stimulation modalities for Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) were presented and hands-on tested. Finally, the attendees discussed the optimum combination possibilities of botulinum toxin and Functional Electrical Stimulation in neurorehabilitation.
"The 20th Krems Conference presented and discussed the latest findings and research results as well as innovative approaches to treatment for neurological patients. Our goal was to facilitate an exchange of information across disciplines," says Prof Michaela M. Pinter, who heads the Department for Clinical Neurosciences and organized the conference.