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Dr. Steven Rueda is one of the most sought after hand doctors for the treatment of tetraplegia in Palm Beach. Patients who sustained spinal cord injury suffer from decreased hand function that limits daily activities. The function of the hand is highly dependent on the level of spinal cord injury, with higher levels often leading to worse hand function. Surgery for tetraplegia has existed for many years and helped many patients improve their hand function. Awareness continues to increase in the tetraplegia community to visit the hand specialist as patients continue to achieve results that improve their lifestyle.

Tetraplegia Symptoms and Diagnosis

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Tetraplegia can result from many causes including birth defects, brain or spinal cord injury, stroke, and trauma among others. After prolonged therapy, some patients are able to recover neurologic function of their hand and upper extremity. Unfortunately, some are unable to regain some function and sensation. The latter usually seek treatment from a hand specialist.



Tendon transfers are the most common procedures used to treat tetraplegia. The type of procedure performed depends on the level of paralysis and those muscles that remain available to transfer their function to spastic or weak muscles. The higher the level of injury, the more limited the options are to regain full hand function. On the other hand, the lower the level of paralysis the more options are available to replace weak functioning muscles.

Recovery and Downtime

Why Choose Precision hand Center for your Tetraplegia Procedure?

Dr. Rueda, a Hand Fellowship trained surgeon who has 7 years and 2,000 procedures of experience will be your safe and best choice for treatment of upper extremity treatment after spinal cord injury. Successful results in this procedure requires a surgeon that is experienced and knowledgeable in hand surgery and hand anatomy. Dr. Rueda has published articles in expert peer reviewed journals and his work has been presented in several national conferences. Dr. Rueda’s passion for patient education and custom centered approach will guarantee you feel comfortable every step of the way. Dr. Rueda also believes in treating his patients as if he was treating his own family; you can trust you will enter a trusting and long-term relationship and have some of the best tetraplegia treatment Palm Beach can offer.

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