Quantifying weight bearing while in passive standers and a comparison of standers

Dev Med Child Neurol. 2008 Jul;50(7):520-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2008.03021.x.


Mechanical loading plays an important role in skeletal health, and this is a major reason standing devices are widely used with non-ambulatory persons. However, little is known about the true axial loading that occurs while in a stander, or the factors which may impact loading. The purpose of this study was to quantify weight borne while in a stander, and to directly compare different standers. Load measuring footplate adaptors were designed and fabricated specifically for this study. Weight bearing loads in 20 non-ambulatory persons with quadriplegic cerebral palsy aged 6 to 21 years (median 14 y) were continuously monitored during routine 30-minute standing sessions. Fourteen participants were female, six were male; one was Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) Level IV, and 19 were GMFCS Level V. Each participant was monitored on four to six occasions over an 8-week period, two to three times in each of two different standers (total 108 standing sessions). Weight bearing loads ranged widely from 37 to 101% of body weight. The difference between standers was as much as 29% body weight. There is wide variance in the actual weight borne while in passive standers. The type of stander utilized is one factor which can significantly affect the amount of weight borne.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bone Demineralization Technique
  • Cerebral Palsy / physiopathology*
  • Cerebral Palsy / rehabilitation*
  • Child
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality / physiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / instrumentation*
  • Quadriplegia / physiopathology
  • Quadriplegia / rehabilitation
  • Weight-Bearing / physiology*