Brachioradialis tendon transfers that restore wrist extension: Evaluating outcome in different joint postures

W. M. Murray*, Kevin L. Kilgore, Michael W. Keith

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

After cervical spinal cord injury, brachioradialis, a non-paralyzed elbow flexor, can be surgically attached to a paralyzed wrist extensor, most frequently the extensor capri radialis brevis, to restore voluntary wrist extension. We hypothesize that the function of brachioradialis at the elbow joint can limit post-operative wrist function. We quantified wrist range of motion, wrist extension strength, elbow extension strength, and the elbow flexion moment produced during wrist extension to evaluate how the transferred brachioradialis functions in different elbow postures. Our data suggest that wrist extension strength needs to be increased when the elbow is flexed and the wrist is extended to improve surgical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2397-2398
Number of pages2
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Volume3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
EventProceedings of the 2002 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology 24th Annual Conference and the 2002 Fall Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES / EMBS) - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2002Oct 26 2002

Keywords

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Tendon transfer
  • Wrist

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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