Help with trousers for man with severe arm pain
Peter Hodson of the Harrogate panel would be very grateful for advice on the following challenge. His client is 64 years old and came to them with compression of the cervical vertebrates. He had these decompressed and the cause of this is being investigated. His OT has asked the panel to try to help him overcome dressing difficulties.
Functionally, the client is able to shrug his shoulders, but is having extreme difficulty elevating his shoulders, and therefore he is having difficulty putting on his t-shirts as he can’t lift his arms high enough without having severe pain. He is also having difficulty pulling up his trousers, due to the same problem, and he has started to wear jogging bottoms to make pulling up easier. However, he prefers to wear jeans due to personal preference and also because his arms dangle when he walks, which is causing pain, and when wearing jeans he can tuck his hands around the belt which reduces his pain. He can’t do this with jogging bottoms as they are too loose to support his arms.
The OT had hoped the device at this link would help http://www.able2.eu/catalogues/ADL/12-Mobile-Arm-Support.pdf but it didn’t as even this device was too painful for him to use. She is wondering about a girdle-type device which he could wear with jogging bottoms which would support his arms.
So the 3 problems are:
1. lifting arms into t-shirts
2. pulling up trousers
3. reducing shoulder pain by de-weighting upper limbs.
If anyone has any thoughts on this, please enter them below or email Peter direct on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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