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Hand Function in Tetraplegia

  • Şafak Sahir KaramehmetoğluEmail author
  • Tuğçe Özekli Mısırlıoğlu


The clinical evaluation of hand and arm function of tetraplegics is extremely important, as this is assumed to play a key role in the activities of daily living (ADL) and independence and needed to establish a good rehabilitation policy. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) offer some practical assistance when faced with the choice of measurement tools available and the objectives of measuring. Clinicians and patients are more interested in the performance of arm and hand activities at the “activity” level in accordance with the ICF nomenclature. Whether it is “general” or “specific,” “basic” or “complex,” “Quadriplegia Index of Function” and “Spinal Cord Independence Measure (SCIM)” are the most commonly used methods in the assessment of hand functions in tetraplegics.


Spinal Cord Injury Functional Electrical Stimulation Hand Function Functional Independence Measure American Spinal Injury Association 
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  • Şafak Sahir Karamehmetoğlu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tuğçe Özekli Mısırlıoğlu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationIstanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Cerrahpasa CaddesiIstanbulTurkey

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