Title

Upper Extremity Biomechanical Model for Evaluation of Pediatric Joint Demands during Wheelchair Mobility

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Language

eng

Format of Original

4 p.

Publication Date

8-2012

Publisher

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Source Publication

2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC)

Source ISSN

1557-170X

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2012.6347038

Abstract

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.

Comments

Published as part of the proceedings of the conference, Upper Extremity Biomechanical Model for Evaluation of Pediatric Joint Demands during Wheelchair Mobility, 2012: 4788-4791. DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2012.6347038.