alexa Comparison of Arm-Trunk Movement between Complete Paraplegic and Able- Bodied Subjects during Circle Drawing
ISSN: 2165-7939

Journal of Spine
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Comparison of Arm-Trunk Movement between Complete Paraplegic and Able- Bodied Subjects during Circle Drawing

Guan-Shuo Pan1,2, Tung-Wu Lu3 and Kwan-Hwa Lin2,4*
1Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
2School and Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
3Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
4Department of Physical Therapy, Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan
Corresponding Author : Guan-Shuo Pan
Department of Physical Therapy, Tzu Chi University
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Received April 05, 2014; Accepted April 29, 2014; Published May 03, 2014
Citation: Pan GS, Lu TW, Lin KH (2014) Comparison of Arm-Trunk Movement between Complete Paraplegic and Able-Bodied Subjects during Circle Drawing. J Spine 3:165. doi:10.4172/2165-7939.1000165
Copyright: © 2014 Pan GS, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Abstract Study design : This study was a cross sectional, controlled trial.

Objectives: To examine the performance of repetitive circle drawing on dynamic sitting balance between subject with spinal cord injury (SCI) and age-matched able-bodied (AB) adults.

Summary of background data : Previous studies showed that the dynamic sitting balance is impaired in SCI. However, the arm-trunk coordinated movement for different directions in seated SCI has not been examined yet.

Methods: Twelve subjects with complete T7-T12 thoracic cord injury (mean age: 36.3 ± 3.0 years) and 12 age- matched AB adults were recruited. Subjects performed 10 repetitive circle drawing at seated position. The three- dimensional motion system (Vicon) was used to measure shoulder, trunk and pelvic angles at sitting position.

Results : The SCI group displayed an arm-trunk movement with a significantly larger shoulder adduction/ abduction angle (p<0.001), but less trunk flexion/extension, pelvic anterior/posteriortilt and pelvic rotation angles than AB controls (p<0.05, p<0.001, and p<0.001, respectively).

Conclusions: The small circle drawing is feasible to detect the compensatory movement of shoulder for the impairment of trunk and pelvic control in thoracic SCI. Furthermore, the assistance and guidance of trunk and pelvic movements is important for the arm-trunk coordinated movement in thoracic SCI.

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