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Experimental characterization of axillary/underarm interface pressure in swing-through crutch walking

James Borrelli, PhD; Henry W. Haslach Jr, PhD

Supporting weight on the upper support of a crutch is not recommended. However, for individuals with particularly weak upper limbs, doing so may be the only option for upright ambulation as opposed to wheelchair use. This study investigated changes in the underarm forces caused by the use of two different types of axillary supports, the traditional one on axillary crutches and a horizontal one on the Easy Strutter Functional Orthotic System. The eight subjects in this study exhibited reduced underarm forces and perceived greater comfort and stability when using the Easy Strutter Functional Orthosis System while supporting weight through the underarm. A horizontal axillary support may be beneficial to individuals who find crutch walking, with proper technique, to be too tiring.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.01.0013

Volume 50 Number 3, 2013
   Pages 423 — 436


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Borrelli J, Haslach HW Jr. Experimental characterization of axillary/underarm interface pressure in swing-through crutch walking. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(3):423–36.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.01.0013
ResearcherID/ORCID: James Borrelli, PhD: C-7690-2011

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