New assistive technology for passive standing.

date: 03/01/1999
author: Gear AJ, Suber F, Neal JG, Nguyen WD, Edlich RF.
publication: J Burn Care Rehabil. 1999 Mar-Apr;20(2):164-9.
pubmed_ID: 10188115

The anesthetic skin of patients with spinal cord injuries makes these patients a high-risk population for burn injuries. Innovations in rehabilitation engineering can now provide the disabled with mechanical devices that allow for passive standing. Passive standing has been shown to counteract many of the effects of chronic immobilization and spinal cord injury, including bone demineralization, urinary calculi, cardiovascular instability, and reduced joint range of motion and muscular tone. This article will describe several unique assistive devices that allow for passive standing and an improvement in daily living for people with disabilities.