An Analysis of Tetraplegic Hand Grips

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To investigate the aspects involved in using the hands successfully to grasp an object, 30 British people with complete C6. C7 or C8 tetraplegia who had been injured for more than 12 months were divided into three groups according to their level of injury. The results indicated differences between the participants depending on their level of injury in the types of pre-grip preparation used. whether one or both hands were used and the speed with which a subtest was completed. These were considered intrinsic to the successful use of the hands when grasping objects. It is suggested that the aspects identified in this research could be used to formulate guidelines to be used by clients and therapists within a tetraplegic hand rehabilitation programme.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1999

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

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    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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