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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929919/evaluating-the-efficacy-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-therapy-assisted-walking-after-chronic-motor-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury-effects-on-bone-biomarkers-and-bone-strength
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B Catharine Craven, Lora M Giangregorio, S Mohammad Alavinia, Lindsie A Blencowe, Naaz Desai, Sander L Hitzig, Kei Masani, Milos R Popovic
To determine the efficacy of functional electrical stimulation therapy assisted walking (FES-T) compared to a conventional aerobic and resistance training (CONV) with respect to bone biomarkers and lower extremity bone strength outcomes among adults with chronic motor incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI). Design Parallel group randomized controlled trial ( www.clinicaltrials.gov - NCT0020196819). Site Tertiary academic rehabilitation centre in Canada. Methods Adults with chronic (≥18 months) motor incomplete SCI (C2-T12 AIS C-D) were consented and randomized to FES-T or CONV training for 45 minutes thrice-weekly for 4 months...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929913/development-of-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia-in-a-patient-with-tetraplegia-while-in-inpatient-rehabilitation-a-case-report
#2
Christopher A Beal, Michael C Krouse, Jeffrey T Tubbs
STUDY DESIGN: a single case report. OBJECTIVES: To report a case of a patient with tetraplegia who developed acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) while in inpatient rehabilitation after 10.5 months. SETTING: A VA Medical Center Spinal Cord Injury Service and Disorders Unit Case Report: A 47 year-old male with a stage IV sacral pressure ulcer and C4 AIS A complete tetraplegia secondary to a motor vehicle collision, developed fever, thrombocytopenia, and anemia 20 months after his injury while in inpatient rehabilitation and was found to have APL, confirmed following bone marrow biopsy...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929907/management-of-obesity-after-spinal-cord-injury-a-systematic-review
#3
M H Shojaei, S M Alaviniaa, B C Craven
CONTEXT: Individuals with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) are susceptible to central and visceral obesity and it's metabolic consequences; consensus based guidelines for obesity management after SCI have not yet been stablished. OBJECTIVES: To identify and compare effective means of obesity management among SCI individuals. METHODS: This systematic review included English and non-English articles, published prior to April 2017 found in the PubMed/Medline, Embase, CINAHL Psychinfo and Cochrane databases...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903627/reliability-and-minimal-detectable-change-of-a-new-treadmill-based-progressive-workload-incremental-test-to-measure-cardiorespiratory-fitness-in-manual-wheelchair-users
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Cindy Gauthier, Jasmine Arel, Rachel Brosseau, Audrey L Hicks, Dany H Gagnon
Background Cardiorespiratory fitness training is commonly provided to manual wheelchair users (MWUs) in rehabilitation and physical activity programs, emphasizing the need for a reliable task-specific incremental wheelchair propulsion test. Objective Quantifying test-retest reliability and minimal detectable change (MDC) of key cardiorespiratory fitness measures following performance of a newly developed continuous treadmill-based wheelchair propulsion test (WPTTreadmill). Methods Twenty-five MWUs completed the WPTTreadmill on two separate occasions within one week...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901220/biomarkers-of-cardiometabolic-health-are-associated-with-body-composition-characteristics-but-not-physical-activity-in-persons-with-spinal-cord-injury
#5
Tom E Nightingale, Jean-Philippe Walhin, Dylan Thompson, James Lj Bilzon
Objective To examine (i) the associations between physical activity dimensions, cardiorespiratory fitness and body composition and, (ii) the associations between physical activity dimensions, cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition and biomarkers of cardiometabolic health in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). Methods A cross-sectional prospective cohort study with 7-day follow-up was conducted. Body composition, cardiorespiratory fitness and biomarkers of cardiometabolic health were measured in thirty-three participants with SCI (> 1 year post injury)...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901216/creatine-or-vitamin-d-supplementation-in-individuals-with-a-spinal-cord-injury-undergoing-resistance-training-a-double-blinded-randomized-pilot-trial
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Samuel Amorim, Vitor Hugo Teixeira, Rui Corredeira, Maria Cunha, Bruno Maia, Paulo Margalho, Joana Pires
Purpose Determine whether creatine or vitamin D supplementation improves muscle strength in individuals with spinal cord injury undergoing resistance training. Methods Thirteen male and one female with spinal cord injury, from two Portuguese rehabilitation centers, were randomized to creatine (3g daily), vitamin D (25000 IU each two weeks) or placebo group in a double-blind design. All participants performed progressive resistance training during eight weeks. The outcome measures, obtained at baseline and after intervention, included: Sum of four skinfolds; Corrected arm muscle area; Seated medicine ball throw; Handgrip strength with dynamometer; Manual wheelchair slalom test and one repetition maximum for Chest press, Triceps, Pec deck and Lat pulldown...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899286/restless-legs-syndrome-related-to-hemorrhage-of-a-thoracic-spinal-cord-cavernoma
#7
Malik Hamdaoui, Elisabeth Ruppert, Henri Comtet, Ulker Kilic-Huck, Valérie Wolff, Marc Bataillard, Patrice Bourgin
CONTEXT: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a common neurological disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move the lower limbs often accompanied by unpleasant sensations in the legs, worsened at rest and in the evening. Symptoms are improved by movement. Its pathophysiology remains poorly understood. Lesion-related RLS has been reported, mainly in cases of stroke-related RLS involving the brainstem and lenticulostriate nuclei. Only few data of RLS in a context of spinal cord injury have been reported...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899285/predicting-rehabilitation-length-of-stay-in-canada-it-s-not-just-about-impairment
#8
B Catharine Craven, Dilnur Kurban, Farnoosh Farahani, Carly S Rivers, Chester Ho, A Gary Linassi, Dany H Gagnon, Colleen O'Connell, Karen Ethans, Laurent J Bouyer, Vanessa K Noonan
INTRODUCTION: Current tertiary Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) rehabilitation funding and rehabilitation length of stay (R-LOS) in most North American jurisdictions are linked to an individual's impairment. Our objectives were to: 1) describe the impact of relevant demographic, impairment and medical complexity variables at rehabilitation admission on R-LOS among adult Canadians with traumatic SCI; and 2) identify factors which extend R-LOS. METHODS: Data from 1,376 adults with traumatic SCI were obtained via chart abstraction and administrative data linkage from 15 Rick Hansen SCI Registry sites (2004-2014)...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899231/neuron-type-specific-utility-in-a-brain-machine-interface-a-pilot-study
#9
Martha G Garcia-Garcia, Austin J Bergquist, Hector Vargas-Perez, Mary K Nagai, Jose Zariffa, Cesar Marquez-Chin, Milos R Popovic
Context Firing rates of single cortical neurons can be volitionally modulated through biofeedback (i.e. operant conditioning), and this information can be transformed to control external devices (i.e. brain-machine interfaces; BMIs). However, not all neurons respond to operant conditioning in BMI implementation. Establishing criteria that predict neuron utility will assist translation of BMI research to clinical applications. Findings Single cortical neurons (n=7) were recorded extracellularly from primary motor cortex of a Long-Evans rat...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880133/epidemiological-study-of-spinal-cord-injury-individuals-from-halfway-houses-in-shanghai-china
#10
Feng-Shui Chang, Qi Zhang, Mei Sun, Hui-Jiong Yu, Long-Jun Hu, Jing-Hua Wu, Gang Chen, Lian-Ding Xue, Jun Lu
OBJECTIVE: To describe the characteristics of spinal cord injury (SCI) individuals in Shanghai and examine their treatment and rehabilitation for traumatic and complete SCI individuals. DESIGN: Community-based secondary data analyses. SETTING: Shanghai, China. METHODS: We analyzed gender, age at injury, complications, disturbances of function, treatment, etiology, and severity of injury of SCI individuals that enrolled in "halfway houses", government-supported community co-op centers...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880132/linking-spinal-cord-injury-rehabilitation-between-the-world-wars-the-r-tait-mckenzie-legacy
#11
John F Ditunno
Spinal cord injury (SCI) medicine emerged after World War II due to mass casualties, which required specialized treatment centers. This approach to categorical care, however, was first developed during World War I, led by pioneers R. Tait McKenzie and George Deaver, who demonstrated that soldiers disabled by paralysis could return to society through fitness/mobility, recreational and vocational training. McKenzie, a Canadian and the first professor of physical therapy in the US, influenced Deaver and military physicians in Britain, Canada, and the U...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880131/prediction-of-specific-hand-movements-using-electroencephalographic-signals
#12
Cesar Marquez-Chin, Kathryn Atwell, Milos R Popovic
Objective To identify specific hand movements from electroencephalographic activity. Design Proof of concept study. Setting Rehabilitation hospital in Toronto, Canada. Participants Fifteen healthy individuals with no neurological conditions. Intervention Each individual performed six different hand movements, including four grasps commonly targeted during rehabilitation. All of them used their dominant hand and four of them repeated the experiment with their non-dominant hand. EEG was acquired from 8 different locations (C1, C2, C3, C4, CZ, F3, F4 and Fz)...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880130/the-effects-of-semi-immersive-virtual-reality-therapy-on-standing-balance-and-upright-mobility-function-in-individuals-with-chronic-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury-a-preliminary-study
#13
Chang-Man An, Young-Hyun Park
Background Individuals with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury (iSCI) commonly face persistent balance or mobility impairments. Virtual reality (VR) therapy is a useful rehabilitation approach; however, little is known about its effects in individuals with chronic iSCI. Objective To investigate the effects of semi-immersive VR therapy on standing balance and upright mobility function in individuals with chronic iSCI. Methods Ten subjects with chronic iSCI underwent VR therapy 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week, for 6 weeks...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875772/atypical-caudal-regression-syndrome-with-agenesis-of-lumbar-spine-and-presence-of-sacrum-case-report-and-literature-review
#14
Edyta Szumera, Barbara Jasiewicz, Tomasz Potaczek
Context Caudal regression syndrome is a rare disorder, not well described in the literature. Findings Authors treated two patients with congenital absence of thoracolumbar vertebrae and lower limbs paraplegia. Patients had hypoplasia of the lower trunk and extremities with motion between upper and lower torso. Imaging showed caudal spine agenesis, but cleft sacrum was present. Due to severe kyphotic deformity and spinal instability, deformity correction and posterior fusion was performed at the age 6 and 8...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875768/measuring-balance-confidence-after-spinal-cord-injury-the-reliability-and-validity-of-the-activities-specific-balance-confidence-scale
#15
Garima Shah, Alison R Oates, Tarun Arora, Joel L Lanovaz, Kristin E Musselman
Context/Objective The study objectives were to evaluate the test-retest reliability, convergent validity, and discriminative validity of the Activities-specific Balance Confidence (ABC) scale in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury (iSCI). Design Prospective, cross-sectional study. Setting Laboratory. Participants Twenty-six community-dwelling individuals with chronic iSCI (20 males, 59.7 + 18.9 years old) and 26 age- and sex-matched able-bodied (AB) individuals participated. Interventions None. Outcome Measures Measures of balance and gait were collected over two days...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874102/ertapenem-associated-neurotoxicity-in-the-spinal-cord-injury-sci-population-a-case-series
#16
Ursula C Patel, Mallory A Fowler
Context Ertapenem, a broad spectrum carbapenem antibiotic, is used often in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients due to increased risk factors for multi-drug resistant (MDR) infections in this population. Neurotoxicity, specifically seizures, due to ertapenem is a known adverse effect and has been described previously. Other manifestations such as delirium and visual hallucinations have rarely been reported, and no literature, to the best of our knowledge, specifically describes these effects solely in the SCI population...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874099/the-health-economics-of-the-spinal-cord-injury-or-disease-among-veterans-of-war-a-systematic-review
#17
Julio C Furlan, Sivakumar Gulasingam, B Catharine Craven
Context Information on health-care utilization and the economic burden of disease are essential to understanding service demands, service accessibility, and practice patterns. This information may also be used to enhance the quality of care through altered resource allocation. Thus, a systematic review of literature on the economic impact of caring for SCI/D veterans would be of great value. Objective To systematically review and critically appraise the literature on the economics of the management of veterans with SCI/D...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872428/community-based-physical-activity-and-wheelchair-mobility-programs-for-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injury-in-canada-current-reflections-and-future-directions
#18
Krista L Best, Kelly P Arbour-Nicitopoulos, Shane N Sweet
RATIONALE: A clear need has been identified to find strategies and opportunities, beyond services provided during rehabilitation, to enhance community-based mobility and leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) participation among members of the spinal cord injury (SCI) population. METHOD: This review of existing mobility and LTPA programs that are available for individuals with SCI in Canada reflects the authors' current knowledge of existing evidence-based and community-based programs...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872426/enhancing-quality-practice-for-prevention-and-diagnosis-of-urinary-tract-infection-during-inpatient-spinal-cord-rehabilitation
#19
Seyed Mohammad Alavinia, Maryam Omidvar, Farnoosh Farahani, Mark Bayley, Joana Zee, Beverley Catharine Craven
Objectives To reduce the incidence of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in subacute SCI individuals admitted for tertiary inpatient rehabilitation. Design A quality improvement team was assembled to improve UTI prevention/diagnosis. To plan data collection, UTI-related factors were mapped in an Ishikawa (fishbone) driver diagram. Data including patient demographics, presence and frequency of signs and/or symptoms of UTI and antibiotic initiation from August to December 2015 were recorded. Sensitivity, Specificity, Positive and Negative Predictive Values (PPV, NPV), and Likelihood Ratios (LR) were calculated for each sign and symptom...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868990/the-effects-of-whole-body-vibration-on-pulse-wave-velocity-in-men-with-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
#20
Julia O Totosy de Zepetnek, Masae Miyatani, Maggie Szeto, Lora M Giangregorio, B Catharine Craven
Objective A pilot study to evaluate the therapeutic potential of 40 weeks of passive standing with whole body vibration (PS-WBV) on central and peripheral arterial stiffness among men with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI). Methods Consenting participants were pre-screened to ensure safe participation. Fifteen individuals with chronic SCI were enrolled to participate in PS-WBV sessions three times per week for 40 weeks on a modified WAVE platform custom-fitted with an EASYStand 5000. Knee angle was set at 160°, and vibration parameters were 45Hz frequency and 0...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
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