Mayo Clinic physical and occupational therapists will work with you to help improve physical function in your upper extremities — your shoulders, arms, forearms, wrists and hands.
Many therapy tools may be used in upper extremity nerve re-education, including 3-D computer technology that compensates gravity, to promote your nerve and muscle (neuromuscular) control while simulating daily life skills.
Therapists also may use a combination of other tools to help improve your upper extremity weakness, including specialty splints and orthoses, mobile arm supports, gravity-assisting devices, and customized adaptations. These tools may help you change your approach to daily life skills.
Some people with tetraplegia may benefit from surgical reconstruction to restore arm and hand function. An integrated team will evaluate you to determine if surgical reconstruction is an appropriate treatment option for you.