Torso stabilization and upper extremity function following Spinal Cord Injury

Following cervical spinal cord injury patients with partial spinal cord injury will benefit from exercises that result in the strengthening of the torso. Stability of the torso will positively impact spinal alignment, seated posture, pulmonary function, trunk stability, and functional reach. Outcome measures that can be assessed include spinal alignment and pelvic orientation, pulmonary function and ventilatory volumes, seated stability and resistance to externally applied disturbances, forward bimanual reaching distance.  Additionally maximal force and speed of rowing-like movements, roll in bed without assistance, the ability to independently return to an erect seated position following full forward or lateral flexion and  can be assessed.



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