A comfort assessment of existing cervical orthoses

LANGLEY, Joe, PANCANI, Silvia, KILNER, Karen, REED, Heath, STANTON, Andrew, HERON, Nicola, JUDGE, Simon, MCCARTHY, Avril, BAXTER, Susan, MAZZA, Claudia and MCDERMOTT, Christopher J. (2017). A comfort assessment of existing cervical orthoses. Ergonomics, 61 (2), 329-338.

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Purpose: identify location and intensity of discomfort experienced by healthy participants wearing cervical orthoses. Method: convenience sample of 34 healthy participants wore Stro II, Philadelphia, Headmaster, and AspenVista® cervical orthoses for four-hour periods. Participants reported discomfort level (scale 0-6) and location. Results: participants reported mean discomfort for all orthoses over the four-hour test between ‘a little discomfort’ and ‘very uncomfortable’ (mean discomfort score=1.64, SD=1.50). Seven participants prematurely stopped tests due to pain and six reported maximum discomfort scores. Significant linear increase in discomfort with duration of wear was found for all orthoses. Significantly less discomfort was reported with Stro II than Headmaster and Philadelphia. Age correlated with greater perceived discomfort. Orthoses differed in the location discomfort was experienced. Conclusion: existing cervical orthoses cause discomfort influenced by design and duration of wear with orthoses' design the more significant factor. This work informed the design of a new orthosis and future orthoses developments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, Human Factors and Ergonomics
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2017.1353137
Page Range: 329-338
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2017 09:29
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 01:19
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16080

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