A Study to Gather Data for Maintaining Mobility and Quality of Life for Manual Wheelchair Users


About this study

The purpose of this study is to develop a pattern recognition algorithm for manual wheelchair related activities of daily living. This study also aims to identify shoulder impingement risk score of MWC-related ADLs and determine cumulative shoulder impingement risk of MWC-related ADLs.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Group 1: Adults with an SCI who use a manual wheelchair

Group 2: Able-bodied adults

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Group1
    • Age 18-70 at time of enrollment
    • Traumatic or non-traumatic SCI
    • Uses a manual wheelchair as primary mode of mobility for >1 year
    • Independently mobile enough to participate in the study
    • Willingness to participate in the study
    • Active shoulder range of motion within limits needed for the tasks performed during the study
  • Group 2
    • 18-70 years of age
    • Able to walk independently with no reliance on an orthotic, prosthetic, or gait aid
    • Functional upper extremity range of motion
    • Willingness to participate in study

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Group 1
    • Surgery or significant injury to the shoulder(s) of interest (such as dislocation, fracture or full rotator cuff tear) in which return to pre-injury functional status was NOT attained
    • Peripheral nerve impairment of the upper extremity being tested
    • Evidence of significant denervation of multiple scapular muscles
    • Shoulder or wrist instability on the upper extremity to be tested
    • Allergy to medical grade adhesive tape (used to secure sensors to skin)
  • Group 2
    • Any documented musculoskeletal or neurological disorders that would be expected to impact shoulder health or change ability to walk independently
    • Previous diagnosis of shoulder tears prior to enrollment or suspected tendon tears with physical exam

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Melissa Morrow, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

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