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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210045/a-kinematic-analysis-of-the-lower-limb-with-regard-to-restricted-spinal-motion-during-gait
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Hyeon-Nam Song, Young Mi Kim, Kyoung Kim
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of restricted spinal motion on kinematic changes in the lower extremities using a rigid thoracolumbosacral orthosis. [Subjects and Methods] Forty healthy males in their 20s were selected as the sample, which was randomly and evenly divided into two groups: (1) the WT group (with a thoracolumbosacral orthosis) and (2) the WOT group (without a thoracolumbosacral orthosis). The spinal orthosis used in this study was a thoracolumbosacral orthosis called a plastic body jacket...
January 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207403/predictive-walking-age-health-analyzer
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Priyanka Mandal, Krishna Tank, Tapas Monday, Chih-Hung Chen, M Jamal Deen
A simple, low-power and wearable health analyzer for early identification and management of some diseases is presented. To achieve this goal, we propose a walking pattern analysis system that uses features such as speed, energy, turn ratio, and bipedal behavior to characterize and classify individuals in distinct walking-ages. A database is constructed from 74 healthy young adults in the age range of 18 to 60 years using the combination of inertial signals from an accelerometer and a gyroscope on a level path including turns...
February 9, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187057/improvements-in-gait-with-hearing-aids-and-cochlear-implants
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Corey S Shayman, Gammon M Earhart, Timothy E Hullar
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether wearing auditory assistive devices can improve gait and dynamic balance. PATIENTS: Three adult users of bilateral hearing assistive devices: one with cytomegalovirus exposure wearing cochlear implants, one with Ménière's disease wearing hearing aids, and one with presbystasis wearing hearing aids. INTERVENTION: Rehabilitative intervention involved participants performing gait and dynamic posture tasks with and without their hearing assistive devices...
February 9, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186902/a-wearable-hip-assist-robot-can-improve-gait-function-and-cardiopulmonary-metabolic-efficiency-in-elderly-adults
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Hwang-Jae Lee, Suhyun Lee, Won Hyuk Chang, Keehong Seo, Youngbo Shim, Byung-Ok Choi, Gyu-Ha Ryu, Yun-Hee Kim
The aims of this study were to investigate the effectiveness of a newly developed wearable hip assist robot that uses an active assist algorithm to improve gait function, muscle effort, and cardiopulmonary metabolic efficiency in elderly adults. Thirty elderly adults (15 males/15 females) participated in this study. The experimental protocol consisted of overground gait at comfortable speed under three different conditions: free gait without robot assistance, robot-assisted gait with zero torque (RAG-Z), and full robot-assisted gait (RAG)...
February 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184173/reliability-of-inertial-sensors-in-the-assessment-of-patients-with-vestibular-disorders-a-feasibility-study
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Sathish K Sankarpandi, Alice J Baldwin, Jaydip Ray, Claudia Mazzà
BACKGROUND: Vestibular disorders affect an individual's stability, balance, and gait and predispose them to falls. Traditional laboratory-based semi-objective vestibular assessments are intrusive and cumbersome provide little information about their functional ability. Commercially available wearable inertial sensors allow us to make this real life assessments objective, with a detailed view of their functional abilities. Timed Up and Go (TUG) and Postural Sway tests are commonly used tests for gait and balance assessments...
2017: BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181206/ginkgo-biloba-special-extract-li-1370-improves-dual-task-walking-in-patients-with-mci-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-exploratory-study
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Yves J Gschwind, Stephanie A Bridenbaugh, Sarah Reinhard, Urs Granacher, Andreas U Monsch, Reto W Kressig
BACKGROUND: In patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), gait instability, particularly in dual-task situations, has been associated with impaired executive function and an increased fall risk. Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) could be an effective mean to improve gait stability. AIMS: This study investigated the effect of GBE on spatio-temporal gait parameters of MCI patients while walking under single and dual-task conditions. METHODS: Fifty patients aged 50-85 years with MCI and associated dual-task-related gait impairment participated in this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, exploratory phase IV drug trial...
February 8, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173989/analysis-of-the-factors-that-correlate-with-increased-knee-adduction-moment-during-gait-in-the-early-postoperative-period-following-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Takeo Nagura, Yasuo Niki, Kengo Harato, Takeshi Mochizuki, Yoshimori Kiriyama
BACKGROUND: Analysis of dynamic knee loading during gait is essential to prevent mechanical failures following total knee arthroplasty. External knee adduction moment during gait is the primary factor producing medial joint reaction force, and an increase in the moment is directly related to an increase in the medial compartment load on the knee. METHODS: Knee adduction moment during gait in 39 knees of 32 female patients following a posterior stabilized knee replacement with a single surgeon was evaluated at 1...
February 4, 2017: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167167/nintendo-wii-fit-for-balance-rehabilitation-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-a-comparative-study
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Stefano Negrini, Luciano Bissolotti, Alessandro Ferraris, Fulvia Noro, Mark D Bishop, Jorge Hugo Villafañe
BACKGROUND: Impaired postural stability places individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) at an increased risk for falls. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the effectiveness of 10 vs. 15 sessions of Nintendo Wii Fit for balance recovery for outpatients PD. METHODS: Twenty-seven patients, 48.1% female (66 ± 8 years), with PD. Patients with PD were consecutively assigned to one of two groups receiving either 10 or 15 sessions (low dose or high dose group, respectively) with Nintendo Wii Fit in recovering balancing ability...
January 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160060/does-a-third-condyle-tka-restore-normal-gait-kinematics-in-varus-knees-in-vivo-knee-kinematic-analysis
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Dafina Bytyqi, Bujar Shabani, Laurence Cheze, Philippe Neyret, Sebastien Lustig
INTRODUCTION: Patients with knee osteoarthritis tend to modify spatial and temporal parameters during walking to reduce the pain. Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is considered the gold standard treatment for end-stage knee osteoarthritis. However, reduced physical function of the knee is partly, but apparently not fully, remedied by surgery. The purpose of this study was to investigate the in vivo, three dimensional knee kinematics during gait at the patients with knee osteoarthritis and the influence of "third condyle" psoterior stabilized (PS) total knee arthroplasty on restoration of normal kinematics...
February 3, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143609/age-related-differences-in-muscle-co-activation-during-locomotion-and-their-relationship-with-gait-speed-a-pilot-study
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Hwang-Jae Lee, Won Hyuk Chang, Byung-Ok Choi, Gyu-Ha Ryu, Yun-Hee Kim
BACKGROUND: Muscle co-activation plays an important role in enhancing joint stability for movement regulation during motor learning activities. In normal aging, greater muscle co-activation is induced during gait in elderly adults. This study investigated age-related changes in muscle co-activation and spatio-temporal parameters during gait and identified the relationship between muscle co-activation and gait speed. METHODS: A total of 46 adult volunteers participated in this study in three age groups (15 young adults [8 males, 7 females; age, 24...
January 31, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131487/effects-of-obesity-on-dynamic-stability-control-during-recovery-from-a-treadmill-induced-slip-among-young-adults
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Feng Yang, JaeEun Kim, Fei Yang
This study sought to investigate the effects of obesity on falls and dynamic stability control in young adults when subject to a standardized treadmill-induced gait-slip. Forty-four young adults (21 normal-weight and 23 obese) participated in this study. After their muscle strength was assessed at the right knee under maximum voluntary isometric (flexion and extension) contractions, participants were moved to an ActiveStep treadmill. Following 5 normal walking trials on the treadmill, all participants encountered an identical and unexpected slip defined as a perturbation in the anterior direction with the magnitude of 24-cm slip distance and 2...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131486/how-locomotion-sub-functions-can-control-walking-at-different-speeds
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Maziar Ahmad Sharbafi, Andre Seyfarth
Inspired from template models explaining biological locomotory systems and Raibert׳s pioneering legged robots, locomotion can be realized by basic sub-functions: elastic axial leg function, leg swinging and balancing. Combinations of these three can generate different gaits with diverse properties. In this paper we investigate how locomotion sub-functions contribute to stabilize walking at different speeds. Based on this trilogy, we introduce a conceptual model to quantify human locomotion sub-functions in walking...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119826/effects-of-3-dimensional-lumbar-stabilization-training-for-balance-in-chronic-hemiplegic-stroke-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jin-Young Chun, Jeong-Hwan Seo, Sung-Hee Park, Yu Hui Won, Gi-Wook Kim, Sung-Jun Moon, Myoung-Hwan Ko
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of the newly developed Spine Balance 3D system on the balance and gait abilities of hemiplegic stroke patients. METHODS: Twenty-eight hemiplegic patients with chronic stroke were randomly assigned to an experimental (n=14) or control group (n=14). The experimental and control groups performed balance training by using the newly developed Spine Balance 3D system and the well-known Biodex Balance System 30 minutes per day, three times a week for 7 weeks...
December 2016: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097064/phalangeal-joints-kinematics-during-ostrich-struthio-camelus-locomotion
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Rui Zhang, Qiaoli Ji, Gang Luo, Shuliang Xue, Songsong Ma, Jianqiao Li, Lei Ren
The ostrich is a highly cursorial bipedal land animal with a permanently elevated metatarsophalangeal joint supported by only two toes. Although locomotor kinematics in walking and running ostriches have been examined, these studies have been largely limited to above the metatarsophalangeal joint. In this study, kinematic data of all major toe joints were collected from gaits with double support (slow walking) to running during stance period in a semi-natural setup with two selected cooperative ostriches. Statistical analyses were conducted to investigate the effect of locomotor gait on toe joint kinematics...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077603/influence-of-focus-of-attention-reinvestment-and-fall-history-on-elderly-gait-stability
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Jonathan L A de Melker Worms, John F Stins, Erwin E H van Wegen, Ian D Loram, Peter J Beek
Falls represent a substantial risk in the elderly. Previous studies have found that a focus on the outcome or effect of the movement (external focus of attention) leads to improved balance performance, whereas a focus on the movement execution itself (internal focus of attention) impairs balance performance in elderly. A shift toward more conscious, explicit forms of motor control occurs when existing declarative knowledge is recruited in motor control, a phenomenon called reinvestment. We investigated the effects of attentional focus and reinvestment on gait stability in elderly fallers and nonfallers...
January 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075434/diagnosis-and-surgical-correction-of-congenital-bilateral-patellar-luxation-in-two-dwarf-zebu-calves
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Göknil Kalayci, Cagri Binici, Julia Tünsmeyer, Silke Stein, Ahmad Al Aiyan, Kerstin Müller, Leo Brunnberg
This case study presents two female dwarf zebu calves with permanent bilateral flexion of the stifle joint secondary to bilateral congenital lateral patellar luxation. The patella could be manually repositioned bilaterally in the first calf (14 days old), but re-luxated immediately with release of manual pressure (luxation grade III). In the second calf (28 days old) both patellae were permanently luxated laterally (grade IV). The right and left stifles of each calf were operated in a staged procedure with approximately 14 days between surgery of the two sides...
January 11, 2017: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe G, Grosstiere/Nutztiere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056109/postural-ataxia-in-cerebellar-downbeat-nystagmus-its-relation-to-visual-proprioceptive-and-vestibular-signals-and-cerebellar-atrophy
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Christoph Helmchen, Jan-Birger Kirchhoff, Martin Göttlich, Andreas Sprenger
BACKGROUND: The cerebellum integrates proprioceptive, vestibular and visual signals for postural control. Cerebellar patients with downbeat nystagmus (DBN) complain of unsteadiness of stance and gait as well as blurred vision and oscillopsia. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to elucidate the differential role of visual input, gaze eccentricity, vestibular and proprioceptive input on the postural stability in a large cohort of cerebellar patients with DBN, in comparison to healthy age-matched control subjects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039539/a-wearable-proprioceptive-stabilizer-for-rehabilitation-of-limb-and-gait-ataxia-in-hereditary-cerebellar-ataxias-a-pilot-open-labeled-study
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Luca Leonardi, Maria Gabriella Aceto, Christian Marcotulli, Giuseppe Arcuria, Mariano Serrao, Francesco Pierelli, Paolo Paone, Alessandro Filla, Alessandro Roca, Carlo Casali
The aim of this pilot study is to test the feasibility and effectiveness of a wearable proprioceptive stabilizer that emits focal mechanical vibrations in patients affected by hereditary cerebellar ataxias. Eleven adult patients with a confirmed genetic diagnosis of autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxia or Friedreich's ataxia were asked to wear an active device for 3 weeks. Assessments were performed at baseline, after the device use (T1), and 3 weeks after (T2). SARA, 9-HPT, PATA, 6MWT, and spatial and temporal gait parameters, measured with a BTS-G-Walk inertial sensor, were used as study endpoints...
December 31, 2016: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038342/atypical-anticipatory-postural-adjustments-during-gait-initiation-among-individuals-with-sub-acute-stroke
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Roshanth Rajachandrakumar, Julia E Fraser, Alison Schinkel-Ivy, Elizabeth L Inness, Lou Biasin, Karen Brunton, William E McIlroy, Avril Mansfield
Anticipatory postural adjustments, executed prior to gait initiation, help preserve lateral stability when stepping. Atypical patterns of anticipatory activity prior to gait initiation may occur in individuals with unilateral impairment (e.g., stroke). This study aimed to determine the prevalence, correlates, and consequences of atypical anticipatory postural adjustment patterns prior to gait initiation in a sub-acute stroke population. Forty independently-ambulatory individuals with sub-acute stroke stood on two force plates and initiated gait at a self-selected speed...
December 21, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038340/spatio-temporal-and-kinematic-gait-analysis-in-patients-with-frontotemporal-dementia-and-alzheimer-s-disease-through-3d-motion-capture
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Rosaria Rucco, Valeria Agosti, Francesca Jacini, Pierpaolo Sorrentino, Pasquale Varriale, Manuela De Stefano, Graziella Milan, Patrizia Montella, Giuseppe Sorrentino
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and behavioral variant of Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD) are characterized respectively by atrophy in the medial temporal lobe with memory loss and prefrontal and anterior temporal degeneration with dysexecutive syndrome. In this study, we hypothesized that specific gait patterns are induced by either frontal or temporal degeneration. To test this hypothesis, we studied the gait pattern in bvFTD (23) and AD (22) patients in single and dual task ("motor" and "cognitive") conditions...
December 21, 2016: Gait & Posture
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