INSTOPP Mentorship: Management of the quadriplegic hand

Fri May 24, 08:00 - Fri May 24, 09:00

Event is online


Join us for an exclusive mentorship session led by Occupational Therapist, Candice Smith!


In this session, Candice will delve into the fundamental aspects of quadriplegic hand management, covering:

1.    Gain a comprehensive understanding of the intricate anatomy of the arm and hand, laying a solid foundation for effective treatment strategies.

2.    Learn specialised assessment methods tailored specifically for evaluating the quadriplegic arm and hand, enabling you to pinpoint areas for intervention accurately.

3.    Discover the correct techniques for passive mobilisation of the quadriplegic hand and arm, essential for maintaining flexibility and preventing contractures.

4.    Explore the nuances of tenodesis grasp and uncover practical methods for facilitating this crucial hand function.

5.    Acquire a repertoire of innovative treatment ideas designed to enhance upper limb functioning in quadriplegics, fostering independence and quality of life.

6.    Gain insights into the diverse functional outcomes that can be expected at different levels of quadriplegia, empowering you to set realistic goals and track progress effectively.

  • Date: 24 May 2024
  • Time: 08:00-09:00
  • Points: 1 CEU (applied for)
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Presenter: Candice Smith


NB// When registering, if you are not an INSTOPP member you need to leave the field blank.

Note: The event link will only be released to attendees the afternoon before the event.


This session is so much more than a one-sided presentation, as it will also include an invaluable Q&A component. This is your opportunity to ask questions and get professional advice from a skilled person who is active in the field, giving you detailed insights and mentoring you through the challenges you are facing in your practice.


Who should attend:

Any health care professional treating patients with quadriplegia, caregivers of quadriplegics/nurses/careworkers in spinal cord units.

About the presenter:

Candice studied Occupational Therapy at the University of Pretoria, and qualified with a distinction in 2016. She then completed her community service year in 2017 in Potchesfstroom working in Psychiatry and Physical Rehabilitation.

Thereafter she started working at Rita Henn and Partners, treating a variety of neurological, spinal and orthopedic conditions.

Candice is passionate about spinal cord rehabilitation with a spcial interest in seating and treating tetraplegics. She is also involved in a tendon clinic where patients are assessed for possible nerve and tendon transfers.

She also serves as the secretary of the Southern African Spinal Cord Association (SASCA).