Tendon Transfer: Radial Nerve Injury Management
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2021, Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 4309-4322
AbstractRadial nerve injury may be the consequence of a complex humerus fracture, direct nerve
trauma, compressive neuropathies, neuritis, or (rarely) from malignant tumor, and considered
one of the most debilitating injury affecting function in the hand because of impairment of
grasp. These injuries are not uncommon in our society resulting in poor quality of living,
dependency & loss of livelihood.More than 70% of RNP cases will recover conservatively.
Conservative treatment consists of the patient wearing a brace and undergoing rehabilitation.
The aim of rehabilitation is to maintain the passive motion of various joints and to limit the risk
of adhesions. Tendon transfers are also an alternative method and it has been used for over a
century to restore function after radial nerve injury or paralysis with good results. Innumerous
tendon transfers have been described to treat radial nerve palsy, and all have their advocates
who have shown commendable results.
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