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Development of an OpenSim Shoulder Model for Manual Wheelchair Users With Tetraplegia

[+] Author Affiliations
Brooke Odle

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

Gail Forrest, Trevor Dyson-Hudson

Kessler Foundation Research Center, West Orange, NJ

Jeffrey Reinbolt

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Paper No. IMECE2011-64816, pp. 541-542; 2 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering; Nanoengineering for Medicine and Biology
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5488-4
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Extended manual wheelchair use has been associated with repetitive strain injuries in the shoulder and has been identified as a contributing factor to upper limb pain experienced by manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury (SCI) [1]. Due to the nature of their SCI, individuals with tetraplegia (formerly quadriplegia) may be at an even greater risk for developing shoulder injuries because they often have only partial innervation of their shoulder, scapular, and thoracohumeral muscles [2].

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Wheelchairs



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