Back pain and spinal deformity: common among wheelchair users with spinal cord injuries
1996 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 3, no 1, 28-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
During the past 15 years, wheelchair development has focused on driving properties. Back pain, however, is a problem among wheelchair users. Thirty-one wheelchair users, mean age 46 years (range 21–79), (3 women and 28 men), with spinal cord injuries were studied with regard to back pain and spinal deformity. Sixteen subjects had tetraplegia and 15 had paraplegia; median time since injury was 11 years (range 2–37). Pain was assessed using pain drawings, visual analogue scale and questionnaire. Spinal deformity was examined using X-ray, weight distribution, 3D magnetic motion tracker, photographs and physical examination. Some degree of back pain was found in 84% of the patients. Most patients could modify their pain by changing their sitting posture or by rest in bed, and had some kind of spinal deformity that might be related to neurological injury and sitting posture. Further wheelchair research considering the ergonomics of both driving and sitting seems important.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1996. Vol. 3, no 1, 28-32 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81541DOI: 10.3109/11038129609106679OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-81541DiVA: diva2:553297