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The physical therapy clinic at Nazareth College currently makes use of adjustable parallel bars to aid patients in practicing walking. The existing system is difficult to adjust (6-pin system) and the bars are not attached to the uprights that support them. Often, due to the length of the bars and difficulty in aligning, the bars are not completely horizontal. Additionally, if a therapist gets a patient into position on the bars, only to find out that the height needs a slight adjustment, it is often difficult for the patient to sit back down and stand up again so the session is aborted. To improve the system, the clinic would like to have a set of bars with automated height adjustment.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. BES-0527358. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
The primary challenges of this project are:
- Ensuring that each bar can be adjusted smoothly and evenly
- Developing a system that is rigid enough to support patient weight during a session, but is still adjustable when someone is leaning on the bars
There are 6 uprights that hold the bars (3 for each bar). This system uses a simple pin locking system which makes setup very tough.
- Pictures of finished and installed project
- Project Name
- Automated Parallel Bars
- Project Number
- Project Family
- NSF Assistive Devices
- Assistive Devices and Bioengineering
- Start Term
- End Term
- Faculty Guide
- Elizabeth DeBartolo
- Faculty Counselor
- Matthew Marshall
- Project Lead
- Ryan Hellems
- Primary Customer
- J. J. Mowder-Tinney
- Customer contact information
- Nazareth College Physical Therapy
- JJ Mowder - Tinney PT, MS, NCS, CWS
- Director of Clinical Education
- Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
- 585-389-2908 (Office)
- 585-389-2908 (Fax)
- Principle Sponsor or Sponsoring Organization:
- National Science Foundation
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