Upper extremity problems in paraplegic patients: Review


Tosun A., KARATAŞ G. K.

TURKIYE KLINIKLERI TIP BILIMLERI DERGISI, vol.27, no.2, pp.231-235, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Title of Journal : TURKIYE KLINIKLERI TIP BILIMLERI DERGISI
  • Page Numbers: pp.231-235

Abstract

The incidence of upper extremity problems has increased along with the prolonged mean lifespan in spinal cord injured people. Depending on a wheelchair for ambulation and for performing daily life activities, bones, joints and soft tissues of the upper extremities in such cases continuously bear weight and consequently several upper extremity problems develop. Therefore, people on wheelchairs should be trained for the necessity of protecting the upper extremities for the continuity of their independence. In addition to the protection of joints, training about upper extremity conditioning techniques including strengthening and flexibility programs should also be provided.