Research Study Recruitment

Effects of Vibration Exercise on Upper Limb Strength, Function and Pain

You may be eligible to participate if:

  • You have a neurological impairment secondary to SCI or disease at T2 or lower
  • You are between 18 and 65 years old
  • You use a manual wheelchair full time (greater than 30 hours per week)
  • You are at least 6 months post injury
  • You are able to independently transfer
  • You live within 1 hour of the Human Engineering Research Laboratory

The purpose of this 18 week study is to explore the benefits of vibration dumbbell resistance training over standard dumbbell resistance training for improving upper limb strength, function and pain in manual wheelchair users with paraplegia.

If you decide to participate, you will be randomized into either the standard exercise group or the vibration exercise group. The research study will require 4 visits to the lab as well as three in home training sessions per week for 12 weeks. During the lab visits you will complete measures of strength, pain, health and function, transfer ability and wheelchair propulsion characteristics.

You may be compensated up to $200 for your time.

Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Avenue, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 ~ 412-822-3700

Principal Investigator: Alicia Koontz, PhD
If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study, please contact our Clinical Coordinators Stacy Eckstein or Khara James at (412) 822-3700.