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Elastic head support for persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Andrew Hansen, PhD, et al.

Persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) can experience weakness and fatigue of the neck muscles that hold the head up. In some cases, the muscles cannot hold the head up and the chin drops onto the person’s chest, which can interfere with eating, communication, comfort, and/or breathing. This article describes a simple device constructed for persons with ALS to assist with holding the head up during daily activities, including walking. The article also describes a 2-week trial of this device by a group of male veterans with ALS.

Volume 51 Number 2, 2014
   Pages 297 — 304

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Hansen A, Bedore B, Nickel E, Hanowski K, Tangen S, Goldish G. Elastic head support for persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(2): 297–304.

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