Lifting by contracted arms

I recently obtained a client with severely contracted arms across her chest. Other caregivers pry the arms up slightly to place their arms under to transfer her from bed/commode/wheelchair. I am concerned that this method is not safe, might be painful and might eventually cause a fracture. What is your opinion?

I'm thinking of a Transfer Belt in lieu of forcing her arms up and having her bear the tranfer weight under her armpits.

Posted By Yvette on August 14, 2011 at 15:36:47:

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Useful in treating the following knee conditions: Patellar tendinitis (Jumpers or Runners Knee), Osgood Schlatter's Disease, Chondromalacia Patella, Improved Patella Tracking.

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