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URI to Investigate Painters' Arm Muscle Activity

URI Investigates Painter’s Arm Muscle Activity The University of Rhode Island Physical Therapy Department is conducting a study examining the impact of various paint brush handle designs …

URI Investigates Painter’s Arm Muscle Activity

The University of Rhode Island Physical Therapy Department is conducting a study examining the impact of various paint brush handle designs on muscle activity of the upper extremity.

Bureau of Labor and Statistic studies show that carpal tunnel injuries account for over $12 million in claims per year. Anecdotal evidence suggests that painters have a high incidence of repetitive strain injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome.

The study's subjects will go through a typical painting task while muscle activity is being monitored. Results will show which muscle groups are engaged and the amount that they are being used. These results will help determine how paint brush handle design impacts repetitive strain injuries.

The study will include a new paintbrush designed by a local artist and sculptor Mark Wholey called "The Right Brush". The Right Brush handle is curved to fit comfortably in the painters hand. (www.therightbrush.com)

Results will be made available to the general public, painting industry and health provider communities.

For further information please contact Dr. James Agostinucci gusser@mail.uri.edu or call (401) 874-4066.

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