Post-operative rehabilitation in a traumatic rare radial nerve palsy managed with tendon transfers: a case report

  • Pratik Phansopkar Department of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Ravi Nair Physiotherapy College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
  • Vrushali Athawale Department of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Ravi Nair Physiotherapy College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
  • Aachal Birelliwar Department of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Ravi Nair Physiotherapy College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
  • Waqar Naqvi Department of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Ravi Nair Physiotherapy College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
  • Swapna Kamble Ravi Nair Physiotherapy College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
Keywords: Rehabilitation; radial nerve palsy; tendon transfer; physiotherapy

Abstract

Radial nerve is a frequently injured nerve. Radial nerve palsy result from direct trauma, neuropathies, and fracture over the humerus, malignant tumor and neuritis. A case of 26-year male is presented in this report who had a road traffic accident resulting in injury over the right shoulder, wrist joint and diagnosed of radial nerve palsy, consequently was operated with soft tissue reconstruction with tendon transfers which resulted into pain over wrist joint and loss of extensors muscle function of the wrist joint, which led to difficulty in performing activities of daily living. Surgical history and rehabilitation is mentioned in the case report. We report that there were significant improvements in muscle strength, range of motion, relief from pain, and exceptional improvements in the patient´s functional independence with physiotherapy interventions post-operative tendon transfers.

Published
2020-06-30
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