A Study of Upper Extremity Motion Strategies for Activities of Daily Living in Patients who have had Brachial Plexus Reconstruction


About this study

The purpose of this study is to measure the joint angles and range of motion for daily activities in adults who have had brachial plexus reconstruction surgery. Results from this study can help to improve the surgical planning for restoration of upper extremity function. There is also potential for results from this study to aid in the design of assistive upper extremity orthotic devices.


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.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Age 18-65 years
  • Additional inclusion criteria for post-surgical group
    • At least 1.5 years post-successful brachial plexus reconstruction
  • Additional inclusion criteria for powered orthosis group:  at least 6 months using the orthosis

Exclusion Criteria

  • Control Subjects
    • Previous injury of surgery to the neck, back, shoulder, elbow, or wrist
    • Any neuromusculoskeletal disorder that could negatively influence participation in the study
    • Restricted range of motion
    • Muscle weakness
    • Unwillingness or inability to comply with test procedures

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

Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D.

Closed for enrollment

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