Do you have a spinal cord injury which occurred at least one year ago and use a manual wheelchair full time (30+ hours per week)? You may be able to participate in a study to examine how in-wheel suspension in manual wheelchairs changes vibrational exposure and how this impacts pain and fatigue. This study involves 2 in-person visits and 12-weeks of in-wheel suspension use. Compensation provided.
The purpose of this study is to examine how in-wheel suspension in manual wheelchairs changes vibrational exposure and how this impacts pain and fatigue.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- You have a spinal cord injury which occurred at least one year ago
- You use a manual wheelchair full time (more than 30 hours per week)
- You use a manual wheelchair with 24” or 25” quick-release wheels
- Your Wheelchair does not have in-frame suspension elements
- You weigh under 265 pounds (weight limit of suspension wheels)
- You have moderate chronic neck and/or back pain
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
- 2 visits
- 12-weeks of at-home in-wheel suspension use
IRB: STUDY20020199- Effects of in-wheel suspension in reducing vibration, neck and back pain
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Alicia Koontz, PhD, RET, APT, is an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology and the Associate Director for Research at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories. Dr. Koontz received her PhD degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh and BS and MS degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Wright State University. Koontz's research is aimed towards improving the health, function and quality of life of wheelchair users. She has expertise in the areas of rehabilitation biomechanics, assistive technology, and secondary injury prevention.