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Erin B Chapman, Jena Hansen-Honeycutt, Alan Nasypany, Russell T Baker, Jim May
BACKGROUND: Appropriate assessment and interventions for breathing patterns prior to assessment of the patient's musculoskeletal complaint may be beneficial. Breathing pattern disorders (BPDs) are remediable and influenced by biochemical, biomechanical, psychological, and/or unknown factors. The purpose of this clinical commentary is to demonstrate the integratration of a BPD assessment into a standard clinical musculoskeletal orthopedic examination. CLINICAL ASSESSMENT: The observation of a patient's breathing pattern begins when they enter the clinic, is followed by palpation and orthopedic tests, which allows for proper classification of BPDs...
October 2016: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
Päivi Kolu, Kari Tokola, Markku Kankaanpää, Jaana Suni
STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional study, part of a randomized controlled trial. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness, and neuromuscular fitness with direct health-care costs and sickness-related absence among nursing personnel with nonspecific low back pain. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Low back pain creates a huge economic burden due to increased sick leave and use of health-care services. METHODS: Female nursing personnel with nonspecific low back pain were included (n = 219)...
October 6, 2016: Spine
L Angius, B Pageaux, J Hopker, S M Marcora, A R Mauger
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can increase cortical excitability of a targeted brain area, which may affect endurance exercise performance. However, optimal electrode placement for tDCS remains unclear. We tested the effect of two different tDCS electrode montages for improving exercise performance. Nine subjects underwent a control (CON), placebo (SHAM) and two different tDCS montage sessions in a randomised design. In one tDCS session, the anodal electrode was placed over the left motor cortex and the cathodal on contralateral forehead (HEAD), while for the other montage the anodal electrode was placed over the left motor cortex and cathodal electrode above the shoulder (SHOULDER)...
October 14, 2016: Neuroscience
Yi-Chia Su, Chih-Chien Wu
A 54-year-old woman presented at the emergency department after experiencing lower limb weakness and bilateral ankle pain for 2 days. She had a history of type 2 diabetes mellitus, diabetes mellitus nephropathy with chronic kidney disease, and chronic gouty arthritis. She had received 0.6 mg colchicine orally once or twice daily for 8 months. Four days prior to her emergency department visit, she was discharged from our nephrology ward, where she had been admitted because of a urinary tract infection. During hospitalization, she was treated with intravenous cefazolin for 7 days...
December 2015: Drug Saf Case Rep
Ross Alexander Chesham, Sivaramkumar Shanmugam
BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of disability in older adults (≥60) in the UK. If nonsurgical management fails and if OA severity becomes too great, knee arthroplasty is a preferred treatment choice. Preoperative physiotherapy is often offered as part of rehabilitation to improve postoperative patient-based outcomes. OBJECTIVES: Systematically review whether preoperative physiotherapy improves postoperative, patient-based outcomes in older adults who have undergone total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and compare study interventions to best-practice guidelines...
October 13, 2016: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
A Baumann, P O Katz
Swallowing involves complex coordination of the neuromuscular anatomy and physiology of the oropharynx and esophagus, controlled by the enteric and central nervous systems. Dysphagia is classified as either oropharyngeal or esophageal and results from mechanical or structural disturbances. Videofluoroscopy, fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, barium swallow, manometry, and endoscopy are common modalities utilized in diagnosis, but none is as important as a patient's history. Functional dysphagia is a diagnosis of exclusion and is based on Rome criteria...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Bente Rona Jensen, Jesper Sandfeld, Pia Sandfeld Melcher, Katrine Lyders Johansen, Peter Hendriksen, Birgit Juul-Kristensen
BACKGROUND: Generalized Joint Hypermobility (GJH) is associated with increased risk of musculoskeletal joint pain. We investigated neuromuscular performance and muscle activation strategy. METHODS: Girls with GJH and non-GJH (NGJH) performed isometric knee flexions (90°,110°,130°), and extensions (90°) at 20 % Maximum Voluntary Contraction, and explosive isometric knee flexions while sitting. EMG was recorded from knee flexor and extensor muscles. RESULTS: Early rate of torque development was 53 % faster for GJH...
October 3, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Maryam Abbaszadeh-Amirdehi, Noureddin Nakhostin Ansari, Soofia Naghdi, Gholamreza Olyaei, Mohammad Reza Nourbakhsh
BACKGROUND: Active myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) are major pain generators in myofascial pain syndrome. Dry needling (DN) is an effective method for the treatment of MTrPs. OBJECTIVE: To assess the immediate neurophysiological and clinical effects of DN in patients with upper trapezius MTrPs. METHODS: This was a prospective, clinical trial study of 20 patients with upper trapezius MTrPs and 20 healthy volunteers (matched for height, weight, body mass index and age), all of whom received one session of DN...
October 3, 2016: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Corey T Gatewood, Andrew A Tran, Jason L Dragoo
PURPOSE: There is a wide array of device modalities available for post-operative treatment following arthroscopic knee surgery; however, it remains unclear which types and duration of modality are the most effective. This systematic review aimed to investigate the efficacy of device modalities used following arthroscopic knee surgery. METHODS: A systematic search of the literature was performed on: PubMed; Scopus; MEDLINE; EMBASE; PEDro; SportDiscus; and CINAHL databases (1995-2015) for clinical trials using device modalities following arthroscopic knee surgery: cryotherapy, continuous passive motion (CPM), neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), surface electromyographic (sEMG) biofeedback and shockwave therapy (ESWT)...
October 1, 2016: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Joel Narveson, Matthew D Haberl, Patrick J Grabowski
Study Design Case report. Background Intra-articular hip pathologies can be difficult to diagnose, and evidence to guide physical therapy interventions is lacking. The purpose of this report is to describe a clinical pathway for conservative management of a patient with an acute acetabular labral tear (ALT) and femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). Case Description The patient was an 18-year-old woman with recent onset of right groin pain who underwent intra-articular corticosteroid injection and therapeutic exercise for the management of an acute ALT identified on radiographic imaging...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Nadine Pellegrini
OBJECTIVE: To study seated postural control in neuromuscular disorder. MATERIALS/PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational cohort study of 130 neuromuscular adult patients having a positioning wheelchair consultation in Foundation of Garches. The assessment is done with the seated postural control measure for adults. RESULTS: Most of the patients had severe intensity illness, only10% were walking and 29% were with tracheostomial ventilation...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Cherriere Claire, Melissa Martel, Sylvie Fortin, Marie-Joanie Raymond, Louis Nicolas Veilleux, Sylvie D'Arcy, Martin Lemay
OBJECTIVE: Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is a hereditary peripheral neuropathy and belongs to neuromuscular diseases. CMT affects motor function of children, but its clinical expressions are heterogeneous and it could also influence cognitive and psychosocial dimensions of patients. Physical activity is recommended for adults with CMT, but any study has been conducted with children. It is important to propose to children with CMT an adapted physical activity that enables a global approach of the patient...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Michael F Coscia, Gerald A Denys, Matthew F Wack
STUDY DESIGN: Patients scheduled for spinal surgery were screened prospectively for a microbial presence associated with intervertebral disc specimens. Inclusion was limited to patients requiring surgery for any of 5 conditions: study patients with cervical spine intervertebral herniation (IVH), lumbar spine IVH, lumbar spine discogenic pain, and control patients with idiopathic scoliosis/Scheurermann's kyphosis or trauma/neuromuscular deformity. Exclusion criteria included ongoing systemic infection, abnormal pre-operative white cell counts, documented or suspected spinal infection, or previous surgery to the involved disc...
September 23, 2016: Spine
Sonya VanPatten, Yousef Al-Abed
Acetylcholine, a major neurotransmitter of the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, was discovered in the early 1900s. Over the years, researchers have revealed much about its regulation, properties of its receptors and features of the downstream signaling that influence its terminal effects. The acetylcholine system, traditionally associated with neuromuscular communication, is now known to play a crucial part in modulation of the immune system and other 'rest and digest' effects. Recent research seeks to elucidate the system's role in brain functions including cognition, sleep, arousal, motivation, reward and pain...
September 22, 2016: Drug Discovery Today
Simon Spencer, Alex Wolf, Alison Rushton
CONTEXT:  Identification of strategies to prevent spinal injury, optimize rehabilitation, and enhance performance is a priority for practitioners. Different exercises produce different effects on neuromuscular performance. Clarity of the purpose of a prescribed exercise is central to a successful outcome. Spinal exercises need to be classified according to the objective of the exercise and planned physical outcome. OBJECTIVE:  To define the modifiable spinal abilities that underpin optimal function during skilled athletic performance, clarify the effect of spinal pain and pathologic conditions, and classify spinal exercises according to the objective of the exercise and intended physical outcomes to inform training and rehabilitation...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Athletic Training
David W Edmonds, Jenny McConnell, Jay R Ebert, Tim R Ackland, Cyril J Donnelly
BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis is one of the most debilitating diseases associated with aging, and is estimated to affect 9% of men and 18% of women over 65years of age. Knee osteoarthritis affects the condylar surfaces of the joint and if left untreated generally leads to the slow and painful degeneration of the joint and surrounding structures. With few non-invasive treatment options for osteoarthritis patients, this study investigated the effect of therapeutic taping on knee pain in combination with spatiotemporal, kinematic, kinetic and muscle activation measures...
September 13, 2016: Clinical Biomechanics
Navid Taheri, Asghar Rezasoltani, Farshad Okhovatian, Mehdi Karami, Sayed Mohsen Hosseini, Hosein Kouhzad Mohammadi
INTRODUCTION: Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a neuromuscular dysfunction consisting of both motor and sensory abnormalities. Considering the high prevalence of MPS and its related disabilities and costs, this study was designed to determine the reliability of new ultrasonographic indexes of the upper trapezius muscle as well as the sensitivity and specificity of 2D ultrasound imaging for diagnostic purposes. Furthermore, we sought to evaluate the effectiveness of dry needling (DN) on studied ultrasonographic indexes...
July 2016: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Ram Haddas, Steven F Sawyer, Phillip S Sizer, Toby Brooks, Ming-Chien Chyu, C Roger James
INTRODUCTION: Recurrent LBP (rLBP) and neuromuscular fatigue are independently thought to increase the risk of lower extremity (LE) injury. Volitional preemptive abdominal contraction (VPAC) is thought to improve lumbar spine and pelvis control in individuals with rLBP. The effects of VPAC on fatigued landing performance in individuals with rLBP are unknown. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of VPAC and LE fatigue on landing performance in a rLBP population. DESIGN: Cross-sectional pretest-posttest cohort control design...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
Zdzisław A Bogucki, Mariola Kownacka
The purpose of this work is to present a new, still experimental method of treating temporomandibular disorders (TMD) by injecting botulinum toxin Type A (TBX-A), using its effects not as a toxin but as a medication. The mechanism of TBX-A, indications and contraindications for its use, as well as possible side effects, are discussed. Temporomandibular disorders are of concern to approximately 70-80% of the population. The effect of botulinum toxin depends on blocking the release of acetylcholine from a presynaptic neuromuscular synapse and, in the autonomous system, blocking its release from post-ganglionic cholinergic neurons...
May 2016: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Gabrio Bassotti, Vincenzo Villanacci, Nunzia Bernardini, Maria P Dore
Colonic diverticular disease is a frequent finding in daily clinical practice. However, its pathophysiological mechanisms are largely unknown. This condition is likely the result of several concomitant factors occurring together to cause anatomic and functional abnormalities, leading as a result to the outpouching of the colonic mucosa. A pivotal role seems to be played by an abnormal colonic neuromuscular function, as shown repeatedly in these patients, and by an altered visceral perception. There is recent evidence that these abnormalities might be related to the derangement of the enteric innervation, to an abnormal distribution of mucosal neuropeptides, and to low-grade mucosal inflammation...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
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