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Refined clothespin relocation test and assessment of motion

Refined clothespin relocation test and assessment of motion

Hussaini, Ali and Kyberd, Peter ORCID: 0000-0001-9022-6748 (2016) Refined clothespin relocation test and assessment of motion. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 41 (3). pp. 294-302. ISSN 0309-3646 (Print), 1746-1553 (Online) (doi:

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Background: Advancements in upper limb prosthesis design have focused on providing increased degrees of freedom for the end effector through multiple articulations of a prosthetic hand, wrist and elbow. Measuring improvement in patient function with these devices requires development of appropriate assessment tools.

Objectives: This study presents a refined clothespin relocation test for measuring performance and assessing compensatory motion between able-bodied subjects and subjects with upper limb impairments.

Study Design: Comparative analysis

Methods: Trunk and head motions of 13 able-bodied subjects who performed the refined clothespin relocation test were compared to the motion of a transradial prosthesis user with a single degree of freedom hand.

Results: There were observable differences between the prosthesis user and the able-bodied group. The assessment used provided a clear indication of the differences in motion through analysis of compensatory motion.

Conclusion: The refined clothespin relocation test provides additional benefits over the standard clothespin assessment and makes identification of compensatory motions easily identifiable to the researcher. While this paper establishes the method for the new assessment, further validation will need to be performed with more users.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assessment; Biomechanics; Biomechanics of prosthetic/orthotic devices; Motion analysis; Outcome measure; P rosthetics; Rehabilitation; Rehabilitation of prostheses users; Transradial; Upper limb prosthetics
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Engineering (ENG)
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