Correction chairs are coming back in style.
But how do they compare to the alternatives?
The US Department of Justice has just issued a rule to help manufacturers develop a better spine correction solution for consumers.
The rule, which goes into effect on February 6, requires retailers to test and certify any corrective chair with the correction shape on the spine to ensure it’s the most effective for consumers in terms of correcting spine injuries.
The standard was developed after research showed that correcting spine fractures is often the first thing people think of when it comes to correcting injuries to the spine.
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAID) said it expects that correction chairs with the shape will help address this need, because the type of damage to the neck and back can be difficult to identify and pinpoint.
“We think that this is going to be an important piece of the puzzle,” said NIAID director Dr. David Mankoff.
“The standard is going the way of a safety net for people with neck and spine injuries.”
Dr Mankowksi says the standard will help manufacturers of correction chairs in the US and abroad to find solutions to the challenges posed by the changing health and safety landscape.
“The correction shape is something that people who have had neck or spine injuries have been looking for,” he said.
“If they can be more confident that they can actually see their neck or their spine, then they can get better results and make the right decision about how to address their injury.”
The chair is made of lightweight aluminum, and the correction of the back is made using a pair of metal rods that are glued to the front of the chair.
There’s also a metal rod that is embedded in the back of the spine that has a screw to hold the back on securely.
The chair’s design is designed to help people better see the back and neck, and it has two internal sensors that will alert the user if there’s a problem.
The two sensors can also be placed on the backside of the wheelchair so they can see where the neck of the person is.
“This is a much better way to get accurate information,” said Mankowitz.
The NIAIDs chief safety officer Dr. Robert F. Miller said the chair’s shape was also useful for people who are prone to neck injuries and also for people experiencing back pain.
“For people who experience neck pain, the chair is probably going to help them a lot,” said Miller.
“You know, you’re not going to get back pain the way you would in a wheelchair, but you’re going to see a lot more improvement in that area.”
The NAAID also has other recommendations, such as a more powerful magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine to detect problems in the body, as well as a better solution for people suffering from back pain that could help them stay in their chair longer.
Dr Munkowski says it’s important for manufacturers to have the proper corrective chair on hand to test for injuries.
“I think we’re seeing that companies are starting to make better corrections and to have them on the market, because they want to make sure they’re going into their customers’ hands,” he explained.
“And I think that’s very important, because there’s going to come a time where we need to have a solution that’s going for the right patients, that’s safe and that’s a good way to prevent these types of injuries from occurring in the first place.”
Correction chair manufacturers are also getting into the game.
The American Wheelchair Association is pushing the need for corrective chairs for back and spine patients.
“You know what, it’s very hard to do things that are safe for people,” said AWA President and CEO Mike Jobe.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is working on a guide to making correction chairs that is based on the NIAIDS standard. “
And I don’t think the best thing we can do is to try to have something that we think is going be safer than a human.”
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is working on a guide to making correction chairs that is based on the NIAIDS standard.
It recommends that the correction chair be used only by those with neck or back injuries, and only for the purposes of correcting the neck injury.
The American College of Surgeons, which has more than 2,000 member organizations, says the American Academy is pushing for the correction chairs to be used for all people with spine injuries, but that there are certain criteria that must be met.
For example, the American College says that a correction chair must be able to withstand being dropped and then be returned to the owner’s hands.
It also recommends that corrective chairs must be made of sturdy materials that won’t break and should be adjustable to a person’s spine.
It also recommends using a sturdy material for the seat and that the chair be able be adjusted and removed in the event of a back injury.
For more information, visit www.aaos.org.au/about/