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Return of Sensibility and Motor Recovery of Extrinsic and Intrinsic Muscles

  • Graziella Urso
  • Luisa Stroppa
  • Tatiana Barchitta
  • Paola Cossa

Abstract

Hand transplantation requires immediate and careful rehabilitation. Therapy to reeducate the patient must begin 48 hours after the operation and must be planned with the surgeon, the anaesthetist, the psychologist and the physiotherapists. Initially, it must include monitoring posture in order to prevent oedema and rigidity of the areas near the arm and hand. Recovery of sensibility is introduced later: gliding of extrinsic musculature tendons, recruitment of intrinsic muscles and functional recovery. Integration of the new limb into the body image has a fundamental role in transplantation reeducation, without which there would be no point in the rehabilitation programme and, above all, the final results would be less successful.

Keywords

Everyday Activity Flexor Tendon Motor Recovery Intrinsic Muscle Careful Rehabilitation 
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© Springer-Verlag Italia 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Graziella Urso
    • 1
  • Luisa Stroppa
    • 2
  • Tatiana Barchitta
    • 3
  • Paola Cossa
    • 2
  1. 1.The “Carrobiolo” Rehabilitation CentreMonza, MilanItaly
  2. 2.Hand Therapy UnitSan Gerardo HospitalMonza, MilanItaly
  3. 3.KIROSHand Therapy CenterRomeItaly

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