Category: Mobility Disabilities

Abduction Blocks

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted abduction blocks for an individual with multiple sclerosis and hemiplegia to use to exercise. The progression of MS and after having a stroke this individual was no longer able to continue living on her own. However, she is determined to keep exercising and retain as much strength and mobility as she can. When attempting to walk after the stroke using support railings, she found that her right leg would cross in front of her left leg, causing her to trip. After a custom design evaluation an abduction device worn on one leg to correct her gait was suggested. This adapted abduction device was created using a simple medium-density foam block covered in vinyl with a wide Velcro fastening. Two smaller knee blocks which the individual can use in bed to promote hip abduction and discourage muscle shortening were also created. TITLE: Simple but effective. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 30, Number 3, July 2010: p. 14-15. PAGES: 3 with cover.


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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD) Organization Type: 
TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.
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