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Preservation of upper limb function: what you should know a guide for people with spinal cord injury

Résumé Introduction Wheelchair users work continually with their hands, fingers, wrists, elbows, arms, and shoulders. Each and every day they have to push a wheelchair, reach for and lift things, transfer themselves from one place to another, and relieve pressure on their skin and buttocks. Thinking about what they do and how they do it can help lessen the amount of strain on the upper limbs. The risk of painful and disabling injuries is great—one half of all wheelchair users will at some time experience severe pain in the hands, wrists, elbows, or shoulders. This guide, one of a series of consumer guides produced by the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine, will help you understand your risks for pain and injury and tell you how people with spinal cord injuries and others who use wheelchairs can protect their arms. You will find information on how to select and set up equipment that will meet your needs as well as tips on how to arrange your environment so that your day-to-day activities put less stress on your arms. A section on fitness describes both stretching and strengthening exercises that will keep your arms and shoulders strong and healthy. Forming good habits that minimize the risk for injury is the key to protecting and preserving mobility and function. This guide can help you do that. Keep it handy for reference or occasional review. Important: As you read this consumer guide, please keep in mind that all recommendations, exercises, transfer procedures, and other suggestions regarding positioning and wheelchair use should be discussed with your personal doctor and your health-care team before trying anything new or different. Do not try any of the exercises described in this guide without professional assistance. Please keep your health-care team well informed of anything you find in this document that you would like to try or about which you have questions.
AuteursMichael L. Boninger, John Carswell, Laura A. McClure, Fred Cowell , John C. Bollinger et coll
Titre de revue/journal, volume et numéroConsortium for Spinal Cord Medicine. Clinical practice guidelines.
Langue de la publication et/ou de traductionAnglais (langue d’origine)
Année de parution2008
PaysÉtats-Unis
Institutions affiliéesParalyzed Veterans of America
Lien vers la publicationhttps://pva.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/consumer-guide_upper_limb.pdf
Type d’accès à la publicationGratuit
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