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To measure the normative values of four functional tasks in patients with spinal cord injury who use a self-propel manual wheelchair

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Article Type : Research Article

Author Details: Jayshree Manish Sutaria*,Anjali Bhise

Volume : 3

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2582-0702

Print ISSN : 2456-7787

Article First Page : 6

Article End Page : 8


Introduction: To function independently, manual wheelchair users must possess a variety of wheel-chair skills to be able to deal with the physical barriers they will encounter in various environments in daily life. Four functional tasks is a reliable wheelchair skill set test which works as a guiding instrument in the rehabilitation process of people with spinal cord injury.
Objective: The aim of this study was to measure the normative values of 4 functional tasks for patients with spinal cord injury who used to self- propel a manual wheelchair.
Materials and Methods: 50 spinal cord injury self-propel manual wheelchair users patients. Data was collected for time taken and distance covered for four functional tasks which included: timed forward wheeling and ramp ascent; distance covered during forward vertical reach and 1-stroke push.
Result: Data derived included descriptive data values of 4 functional tasks.

Keywords: Four functional tasks, Wheelchair mobility, Spinal cord injury, Self-propelled wheelchair, Normative values.