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    Tendon Transfer

    or anyone else if they are knowledgeable about potential arm recovery in quads

    I am c456 and have pretty contracted arms at the elbows; when I got paralyzed my arms tightened up like within weeks despite attempted casting early on in injury.
    My Mom wants me to get a tendon transfer in hopes that maybe I could feed myself or do something because it might take some workload off her, I am concerned about the risk vs. Reward aspect of the procedure. I have this quandry: if I undergo the tendon transfer are the results actually functional for a C4 injury, and it takes like 6 months to a year or something for it to "maybe" start working; is that correct... Maybe I am confusing that with a "nerve transfer" for the arms. my dilemma is: do I do that now or hold out some time longer to undergo a treatment that will be ready relatively soon to treat the spinal cord injury at the root and not get my arms cut up or do the "iffy" transfer now, and as a quad will I have to undergo a tendon release regardless for the arms if I undergo umbc treatment or how does that work
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    Oop, not a tendon "transfer", I meant tendon "release"
    Change wherever it says "transfer" to "release"
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    Here is an thread started by Wise Young about "tendon lengthening." http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthr...tendon+release

    And an article written by Dr. Young: https://wiseyoung.wordpress.com/2009...-contractures/

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    Thanks
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    If you are C4 you will need a tendon release for your contractures of elbow in order to straighten. You will need a tendon transfer to get some function of your finger/first finger and possibly some wrist. Have you seen a spasticity specialist for Botox or Phenol to contractures/stiff muscles?
    While research is being done there isn't
    anything in the horizon to cure an SCI and fix already existing paralysis. Research is a slow -process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    If you are C4 you will need a tendon release for your contractures of elbow in order to straighten. You will need a tendon transfer to get some function of your finger/first finger and possibly some wrist. Have you seen a spasticity specialist for Botox or Phenol to contractures/stiff muscles?
    While research is being done there isn't
    anything in the horizon to cure an SCI and fix already existing paralysis. Research is a slow -process.
    CWO

    I will be going to miami next month to have a consultation and possibly undergo the procedure, I am just snooping around for information beforehand, thanks
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