Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2010 , Vol 56 , Num 2

Surgical Rehabilitation of the Tetraplegic Upper Extremity

Mehmet Alp 1 ,Ayşe Nur Bardak 2 ,Belgin Erhan 3 ,Levent YALÇIN 1 ,Berrin Gündüz 3
1 Manus El Grubu, İstanbul, Türkiye
2 İstanbul Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Eğitim Araştırma Hastanesi, İstanbul, Türkiye
3 İstanbul Fiziksel Tedavi Rehabilitasyon Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Kliniği, İstanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.4274/tftr.56.s99

The life span of tetraplegic patients has prolonged due to developments in the rehabilitation of spinal cord injured patients. The purpose is to preserve the normal shape and range of motion of hand as well as to increase the functional capacity and quality of life. Tendon transfers, tenodesis and arthrodesis are the principles of rehabilitation of tetraplegic upper extremity. Careful patient selection and evaluation, experienced surgeon and rehabilitation team are essential for successful results.

Keywords : hand, hand surgery, rehabilitatio