Postural control and functional ability in Spinal Cord Injury – SCI

Published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 03/13/2013  Dr. Shin S et al from Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign USA compare seated postural control in Spinal cord injury and control patients.
Seated posture and trunk control, are important factors affecting upper, extremity function in wheelchair users. Stability of  pelvis and trunk are required in order to provide a basis for upper extremity movement. Additionally, the ability to move the trunk and pelvis increases  functional ranges of motion. Therefore following SCI the ability to stabilize the trunk and pelvis and have adequate trunk mobility has important functional consequences.
The above group looked at the validity of outcome measures to evaluate postural control.

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