Holding A Cup With Tenodesis

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Brittany Déjean
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Brittany Déjean

Beth is a C6-7 quadriplegic who has limited mobility of her fingers and is unable to grasp anything. She relies on tenodesis to pick up things like a cup. (Tenodesis is using the flexion and extension of your wrist to open and close your fingers involuntarily, which a lot of low quadriplegics with wrist mobility use to do more tasks independently.)

Beth flexes her wrist to open her fingers, which she slides around the base of the cup. Then, she flexes her wrist up, which closes her fingers around her cup. By keeping her wrist flexed, she is able to pick up the cup off the table and bring it to her mouth to drink.

Want another perspective on holding a cup without moving your fingers? Watch this method.

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