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Sex, shoulder pain, and range of motion in manual wheelchair users

Karla K. Wessels, MS, ATC, et al.

With more veterans returning from war, the number of manual wheelchair users (MCUs) has increased. It has been shown that an upwards of 70% of MCUs experience shoulder pain with a variety of causes. One possible cause is limited range of motion (ROM). We found that females with shoulder pain had less shoulder extension than females without pain and all males. Females also had greater ROM than males. It is unclear why there was a sex discrepancy and if there is a causal relationship between shoulder pain and ROM. It is important to find the cause of shoulder pain because any chronic shoulder pain may greatly hinder the MCU's quality of life.

Volume 50 Number 3, 2013
   Pages 351 — 356

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Wessels KK, Brown JL, Ebersole KT, Sosnoff JJ. Sex, shoulder pain, and range of motion in manual wheelchair users. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(3):351–56.

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