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Wheelchair ergonomic hand drive mechanism use improves wrist mechanics associated with carpal tunnel syndrome

Lisa A. Zukowski, MA, et al.

This study provides evidence that using a novel lever-propelled wheelchair design (ergonomic hand drive mechanism attached to a conventional manual wheelchair) may reduce the likelihood of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, which is common in wheelchair users. Use of this ergonomic hand drive mechanism reduces wrist orientations that compress the median nerve. The findings of this study will benefit veterans who spend a significant amount of time in a manual wheelchair as well as all other manual wheelchair users.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.09.0211

Volume 51 Number 10, 2014
   Pages 1515 — 1524


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Zukowski LA, Roper JA, Shechtman O, Otzel DM, Hovis PW, Tillman MD. Wheelchair ergonomic hand drive mechanism use improves wrist mechanics associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(10):1515–24.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.09.0211
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