Upper Extremity Biomechanical Model for Evaluation of Pediatric Joint Demands during Wheelchair Mobility
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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC)
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Current methods for evaluating upper extremity (UE) dynamics during pediatric wheelchair use are limited. We propose a new model to characterize UE joint kinematics and kinetics during pediatric wheelchair mobility. The bilateral model is comprised of the thorax, clavicle, scapula, upper arm, forearm, and hand segments. The modeled joints include: sternoclavicular, acromioclavicular, glenohumeral, elbow and wrist. The model is complete and is currently undergoing pilot studies for clinical application. Results may provide considerable quantitative insight into pediatric UE joint dynamics to improve wheelchair prescription, training and long term care of children with orthopaedic disabilities.