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European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

Marco A Minetto, Alberto Botter, Giulia Gamerro, Ilaria Varvello, Giuseppe Massazza, Rosa G Bellomo, Nicola A Maffiuletti, Raoul Saggini
BACKGROUND: The "contralateral effect" phenomenon refers to the strength gain in the opposite, untrained homonymous muscle following unilateral training. Previous studies showed that neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) of the right quadriceps facilitated maximal voluntary strength and efferent neural drive of the left knee extensors, while no previous study investigated the contralateral effect elicited by focal muscle vibration. AIM: To investigate whether quadriceps NMES and focal vibration, when applied unilaterally, have the same potential to enhance the contralateral muscle strength and the associated neural drive...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Jacqueline C Outermans, Ingrid van de Port, Gert Kwakkel, Johanna M Visser-Meily, Harriet Wittink
BACKGROUND: Reports on the association between aerobic capacity and walking capacity in people after stroke show disparate results. AIM: To determine (1) if the predictive validity of peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak) for walking capacity post stroke is different from that of maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) and (2) if postural control, hemiplegic lower extremity muscle strength, age and gender distort the association between aerobic capacity and walking capacity. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Eva-Maria Strasser, Marlene Hofmann, Bernhard Franzke, Barbara Schober-Halper, Stefan Oesen, Waltraud Jandrasits, Alexandra Graf, Markus Praschak, Barbara Horvath-Mechtler, Christine Krammer, Martin Ploder, Norbert Bachl, Michael Quittan, Karl-Heinz Wagner, Barbara Wessner
BACKGROUND: Age related loss of skeletal muscle mass is accompanied by changes in muscle quality leading to impairment of functional status. AIM: This study investigated the effect of resistance training and nutritional supply on muscle mass and muscle quality in very old institutionalized adults. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, multi-arm parallel and controlled intervention study. SETTING: This study was conducted in five retirement care facilities...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Liesbeth F van Vulpen, Sonja de Groot, Eugene A Rameckers, Jules G Becher, Annet J Dallmeijer
BACKGROUND: In children with cerebral palsy (CP), strength training programs to improve walking capacity and participation in activities of daily living are commonly used in clinical practice, despite lacking evidence of its effectiveness. It has been suggested that strength training with high movement velocity could be more effective than traditional resistance training to improve functional abilities such as walking. In a recently published study, we have demonstrated the positive effects of functional high-velocity resistance (power) training on muscle strength and walking capacity in young children with CP...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Patrizio Sale, Emanuele F Russo, Alessandra Scarton, Rocco S Calabrò, Stefano Masiero, Serena Filoni
BACKGROUND: Wearable robots are people-oriented robots designed to be worn all day, thus helping in the daily activities. They can assist in walking, running, jumping higher or even lifting objects too heavy in normal conditions. AIM: The aim of this report was thus to investigate the change in gait pattern trough 3D gait analysis subjects with Spinal Cord Injury (PwSCI) that underwent an adaptive training with a wearable Exoskeletal Device (ESD). The change in the quality of life was also investigate together with the possibility to wear these devices all day, to improve the mobility...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Angelo G Aulisa, Vincenzo Guzzanti, Francesco Falciglia, Marco Giordano, Marco Galli, Lorenzo Aulisa
BACKGROUND: The recent literature showed positive results for bracing of patients with idiopathic scoliosis above 45° who refused surgery. However, no one has investigated whether other parameters can affect the results. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of bracing in idiopathic scoliosis with curves above 40° and to verify the mechanical and biological parameters which go beyond the simple bend value expressed in Cobb degrees. DESIGN: This is an observational controlled cohort study nested in a prospective clinical on-going database including 1,238 patients with idiopathic scoliosis...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Jonas Verbrugghe, Els Knippenberg, Steven Palmaers, Thomas Matheve, Wout Smeets, Peter Feys, Annemie Spooren, Annick Timmermans
INTRODUCTION: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a burden on the healthcare system. Exercise therapy is an important part of MSD rehabilitation. Motion detection systems are developed to support exercise therapy settings. This systematic review aims 1) to investigate which types of motion detection systems have been used as a technological support for exercise therapy, 2) to investigate the characteristics of motion detection supported exercise therapy in relation to its clinical indications, and 3) to evaluate the effectiveness of motion detection supported exercise therapy, in MSD rehabilitation...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Eugenio Marrades-Caballero, Clara S Santonja-Medina, Jose M Sanz-Mengibar, Fernando Santonja-Medina
BACKGROUND: After receiving neurologic music therapy, functional improvements in children with severe bilateral cerebral palsy have not been found in the literature. Musical training with instruments allows interrelationships between movement, emotions and cognition for task-based learning, in order to improve motor control. AIM: To understand whether neurologic music therapy has an impact on the functionality of children with severe cerebral palsy. DESIGN: A randomized controlled assessor-blind trial was carried out...
February 26, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Manuela Galli, Caterina Vicidomini, Ana F Rozin Kleiner, Laura Vacca, Veronica Cimolin, Claudia Condoluci, Fabrizio Stocchi, Maria F DE Pandis
BACKGROUND: The shuffling steps pattern is a typical feature of gait in patients affected by Parkinson's Disease (PD), which progressively reduces their quality of life, being related to the risk of falls in this population. Recently, Automated Mechanical Peripheral Stimulation (AMPS) was presented as an integrative rehabilitative treatment based on peripheral stimulation able to improve the gait spatiotemporal parameters in PD patients. AIM: To evaluate the effects of AMPS on shuffling steps pattern by analyzing the kinematic and spatio-temporal gait parameters...
February 19, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Raikan Buyukavci, Semra Akturk, Yüksel Ersoy
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound-guided botulinum toxin type A injection is an effective treatment for spasticity. Euro-musculus spasticity approach is a new method for administering injections to the correct point of the correct muscle. The clinical outcomes of this practical approach is not yet available in the literature. AIM: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects on spasticity and the functional outcomes of ultrasound guided botulinum toxin type A injections via the Euro-musculus spasticity approach to treat upper limb spasticity in post-stroke patients...
February 7, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Zafer Gunendi, Dilek Eker, Duygu Tecer, Belgin Karaoglan
BACKGROUND: Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disease that causes weakening of the bones which increases the risk of fractures. Especially hip fractures lead to substantial physical, psychological, social and economic burden both for the patients and the governments. Excercises and physically active life style are essential preventive and therapeutic approaches for osteoporosis. Kinesiophobia is an irrational fear of movement due to the belief of susceptibility to injury. It is associated with lower levels of physical activity...
February 7, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Yukiyo Shimizu, Hirotaka Mutsuzaki, Hiroyuki Torishima, Kenichi Yoshikawa, Daisuke Katane, Ryoko Takeuchi, Yuki Mataki, Kayo Tokeji, Yasuyoshi Wadano
BACKGROUND: Fitting a stump prosthesis is difficult in transhumeral amputees because of the stump's conical form. Shoulder harnesses for suspension can cause neck and shoulder pain. We developed a novel spiral socket transhumeral prosthesis to overcome these difficulties. We investigated its safety and effects in transhumeral amputees. CASE REPORT: Five transhumeral amputees with a mean age of 50.8 ± 23.8 (range, 19-75 years) were fitted with the spiral socket between April 2013 and February 2017...
February 7, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Anna C Braga, Anabela Pinto, Susana Pinto, Mamede DE Carvalho
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January 23, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Tonko Vlak, Saša Moslavac, Ana Poljičanin, Jure Aljinović, Igor Barišić, Maria G Ceravolo
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January 11, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Luigi Iuppariello, Giovanni D'Addio, Maria Romano, Paolo Bifulco, Nicola Pappone, Bernardo Lanzillo, Mario Cesarelli
BACKGROUND: The recovery of the functional limb mobility of patients with cerebral damages can take great benefit of the role offered by proprioceptive rehabilitation. Recently have been developed a special Regent Suit (RS) for rehabilitative applications. Actually, there are preliminary studies which describes the effects of RS on gait recovery of stroke patients in acute stage, but none in chronic stage. Moreover, it is known that motor recovery does not always reflect improvements of the muscle activity and coactivity...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Banafsheh Amiri, Mansour Sahebozamani, Behnaz Sedighi
AIM: The effect of 10-week core stability training (CST) program on balance in women with relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) according to Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score. METHODS: Sixty-nine MS women were randomly assigned into two groups as the intervention group and the control group. These groups were categorized into three subgroups according to the EDSS as follows: subgroup A (EDSS 2.5 to 3.5), subgroup B (EDSS 3.5 to 4.5), and subgroup C (EDSS 4...
January 2, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Egidio Sproviero, Emilio Albamonte, Cosimo Costantino, Attilio Giossi, Maurizio Mancuso, Alberto Rigamonti, Paolo Tornari, Giuseppe Caggiano
BACKGROUND: The management of acute low back pain (LBP) is directed to obtain early and maximum relief of the local and regional pain, and to improve mobility and physical function. AIM: To evaluate the effects of a 4 ml-volume diclofenac 75mg/thiocolchicoside 4mg fixed dose combination (FDC) for intramuscular (IM) injection (test) compared to the separate injection of the two components (reference). DESIGN: Phase III, randomized, controlled, double-blind (blind-observer), parallel-group...
December 21, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Lynne Turner-Stokes, Stephen Ashford, Alberto Esquenazi, Jörg Wissel, Anthony B Ward, Gerard Francisco, Jorge Lains, Areerat Suputtitada, Simão Serrano, Ian J Baguley, Michael Barnes, David M Simpson
INTRODUCTION: Spastic paresis is a common feature of an upper motor neuron impairment caused by stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and other CNS disorders. Existing national and international guidelines for the treatment of adult spastic paresis tend to focus on the treatment of muscle overactivity rather than the comprehensive approach to care, which may require life-long management. Person-Centred Care is increasingly adopted by healthcare systems in a shift of focus from 'disease-oriented' towards 'person-centred' medicine...
December 21, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Jeannine Bergmann, Carmen Krewer, Petra Bauer, Alexander Koenig, Robert Riener, Friedemann Müller
BACKGROUND: Active performance is crucial for motor learning, and, together with motivation, is believed to be associated with a better rehabilitation outcome. Virtual reality (VR) is an innovative approach to engage and motivate patients during training. There is promising evidence for its efficiency in retraining upper limb function. However, there is insufficient proof for its effectiveness in gait training. AIM: To evaluate the acceptability of robot-assisted gait training (RAGT) with and without VR and the feasibility of potential outcome measures to guide the planning of a larger randomized controlled trial (RCT)...
December 21, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Jonathan Levy, Sarah Hartley, Elsa Mauruc-Soubirac, Antoine Leotard, Frederic Lofaso, Maria-Antonia Quera-Salva, Djamel Bensmail
BACKGROUND: Spasticity and spasms are distressing features of the upper motor neuron syndrome (UMNS) following spinal cord injuries (SCI) or multiple sclerosis (MS), and have common therapeutic implications. Despite an increase of antispastic drugs and strategies, sometimes up to the surgical implant of intrathecal baclofen pump, some patients still complain of disabling spasms, which poses diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Although clinically similar, flexor spasms due to pyramidal tract disruption must be clearly differentiated from periodic limb movements (PLM), often accompanying restless leg syndrome (RLS) and occurring during sleep...
December 4, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
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