HipGrip Pelvic Stabilization Device for Wheelchair Users
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Many people who rely on specialized
wheelchair seating have difficulties attaining and maintaining proper pelvic
positioning, a critical component for achieving good sitting posture. Use of
commercially available devices often results in misalignment and areas of high
pressure. The objectives of this research project are to develop an innovative,
dynamic pelvic stabilization device, to demonstrate its effectiveness, and
evaluate its functional benefits through clinical trials. The HipGrip consists
of contoured pads that "grip" the pelvis to provide firm support while allowing
anterior/posterior tilting of the pelvis without losing position within the
wheelchair. The ability of the HipGrip to improve posture and maintain pelvic
positioning will be demonstrated through a clinical study involving 25
wheelchair users. The effects of the HipGrip on performance of functional
tasks, activities of daily living, and participation in school, vocational
and/or recreational activities will be assessed. The HipGrip will link the user
with the wheelchair to provide a stable base of support from which to perform
functional tasks without risk of falling out of the wheelchair. This will
potentially increase user independence.
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION:
The proposed dynamic pelvic stabilization device will potentially enhance the lives of
thousands of wheelchair users. The system can improve posture, comfort and function.
This seating technology can also be applied to other rehabilitation equipment where dynamic
custom seating is desirable.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Peter W. Axelson
BENEFICIAL DESIGNS, INC.
5858 EMPIRE GRADE RD SANTA CRUZ, CA 95060
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