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Vestibular rehabilitation

Edit Nagy, Gabriella Posa, Regina Finta, Levente Szilagyi, Edit Sziver
As proprioceptive training is popular for injury prevention and rehabilitation, we evaluated its effect on balance parameters and assessed the frequency spectra of postural sway linked with the various sensory channels. We recorded the Center of Mass displacement of 30 healthy student research participants (mean age = 21.63; SD = 1.29 years) with a single force plate under eyes open (EO) and eyes closed (EC) positions while standing on either a firm or foam surface, both before and after an 8-week balance training intervention on a foam surface with EC...
January 1, 2018: Perceptual and Motor Skills
Beatrice Emmanouil, Katherine Browne, Dorothy Halliday, Allyson Parry
PURPOSE: Patients with Neurofibromatosis type 2 often experience debilitating neuro-otological problems which affect their mobility and balance. This study examined the efficacy of a personalised program of vestibular rehabilitation for patients with Neurofibromatosis type 2. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An observational cohort study analysing routinely collected data for 21 patients in a highly specialised Neurofibromatosis type 2 service. Vestibular rehabilitation comprised an initial one-hour assessment followed by a patient-specific exercise program reviewed in person and by email consultations...
March 20, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
A Bürgin, C J Bockisch, A A Tarnutzer
OBJECTIVE: Gait imbalance in patients with bilateral-vestibular-deficiency (BVD) was linked to increased variability in perceived direction of gravity while upright. We hypothesized this to be true also when roll-tilted. Moreover, as utricular input is essential for spatial orientation, we predicted the variability of perceived vertical to correlate inversely with utricular function. METHODS: Subjective visual vertical (SVV) and haptic vertical (SHV) were measured in various roll-orientations (0°/±45°/±90°) and postural adjustments along earth-vertical/earth-horizontal were collected in patients with partial BVD (n = 10) and healthy controls (n = 11)...
March 5, 2018: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
L Power, W Shute, B McOwan, K Murray, D Szmulewicz
This retrospective review aims to survey the clinical characteristics and management of vestibular migraine (VM) patients seen in a tertiary hospital multi-disciplinary balance disorders clinic, and how this aligns with the evidence base in the literature. A single investigator reviewed the medical records of the patients who presented to a tertiary hospital balance disorders clinic over a four month period and identified 90 cases of VM. The mean age of patients with a diagnosis of VM was 50 years (range of 17-84) and 72 (80%) were female...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
J S Phillips, J Fitzgerald, D Phillis, A Underwood, I Nunney, A Bath
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation using the Wii Fit balance platform, in adults with dizziness. METHODS: A single-site prospective clinical trial was conducted in a university hospital in the UK. Forty patients with dizziness, who would normally be candidates for vestibular rehabilitation, were identified and considered as potential participants. Participants were randomised into either the treatment group (the Wii Fit group) or the control group (standard customised vestibular rehabilitation protocol)...
March 2018: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
Pedro Helo Dos Santos Neto, Johnni Oswaldo Zamponi, Rogério Hamerschmidt, Gislaine Richter Minhoto Wiemes, Marcio S Rassi, Luis A B Borba
Hearing loss is the most common symptom of vestibular schwannomas (VSs). The management of these lesions includes observation, radiosurgery, and microsurgical resection. Hearing preservation and rehabilitation are the major challenges after the tumor treatment. A 43-year-old man with previous left-sided profound hearing loss and tinnitus presented with a 2-mm left-sided intracanalicular VS. The decision was made to perform a simultaneous cochlear implantation (CI) and microsurgical resection of the tumor. The patient did well postoperatively, with significant improvement of tinnitus, sound localization, and speech recognition in noise...
March 2018: Neurosurgical Focus
Maria Izabel Rodrigues Severiano, Bianca Simone Zeigelboim, Hélio Afonso Ghizoni Teive, Geslaine Janaína Barbosa Santos, Vinícius Ribas Fonseca
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of balance exercises by means of virtual reality games in Parkinson's disease. METHODS: Sixteen patients were submitted to anamnesis, otorhinolaryngological and vestibular examinations, as well as the Dizziness Handicap Inventory, Berg Balance Scale, SF-36 questionnaire, and the SRT, applied before and after rehabilitation with virtual reality games. RESULTS: Final scoring for the Dizziness Handicap Inventory and Berg Balance Scale was better after rehabilitation...
February 2018: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
Ennio Bramanti, Antonio Norcia, Marco Cicciù, Giada Matacena, Gabriele Cervino, Giuseppe Troiano, Khrystyna Zhurakivska, Luigi Laino
The aim of this randomized controlled trial was to evaluate the survival rate, the marginal bone level, and the aesthetic outcome; at 3 years' follow-up, of dental implants placed into a high-esthetic aesthetic zone by comparing 2 techniques of postextraction implant with immediate loading: the socket shied technique and the conventional insertion technique.Several clinical studies suggested that the avulsion of a dental element causes dimensional alterations of both soft and hard tissues at the postextractive site...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
N L Kunel'skaya, E V Baibakova, A L Guseva, Ya Yu Nikitkina, M A Chugunova, E A Manaenkova
AIM: The objective of the present study was to elucidate the mechanisms behind the compensation of the vestibular ocular reflex and evaluate the effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation in the patients presenting with vestibular neuritis (VN) with the application of the video head-impulse test (vHIT) and the dynamic visual acuity test (DVAT). METHODS: The study included 26 patients with vestibular neuritis whose condition was assessed by scoring based on the dizziness handicap inventory, the dynamic visual acuity test, and the video head-impulse test with the evaluation of saccades and the degree of eye-head movement coordination (gain) before and after the course of vestibular rehabilitation...
2018: Vestnik Otorinolaringologii
Richard A Armstrong
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its associated concussion are major causes of disability and death. All ages can be affected but children, young adults and the elderly are particularly susceptible. A decline in mortality has resulted in many more individuals living with a disability caused by TBI including those affecting vision. This review describes: (1) the major clinical and pathological features of TBI; (2) the visual signs and symptoms associated with the disorder; and (3) discusses the assessment of quality of life and visual rehabilitation of the patient...
February 28, 2018: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
Tiziano Testori, Tommaso Weinstein, Fabio Scutellà, Hom-Lay Wang, Giovanni Zucchelli
Patient expectations from implant treatment have changed over the years and esthetics plays an important role in defining what is now called success of rehabilitation. Of the many factors that influence the outcome of the rehabilitation, the two main ones are the bone and soft-tissue deficiencies at the intended implant site. Many surgical approaches are described in terms of timing of implant placement and management of regenerative procedures. The aim of this article is to discuss the different implant placement alternatives in the esthetic area, in particular: (i) the timing of implant placement/regenerative procedures/skeletal growth/altered passive eruption; (ii) the correct three-dimensional position of the fixture between the cuspids and in the premolar area; (iii) multiple missing teeth in the esthetic area with single tooth/pontic or cantilevered options/prosthetic compensation; (iv) placement of implants into infected sites; and (v) the influence of abutment and crown morphology on implant position...
February 27, 2018: Periodontology 2000
Randel L Swanson, Stephen Hampton, Judith Green-McKenzie, Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, M Sean Grady, Ragini Verma, Rosette Biester, Diana Duda, Ronald L Wolf, Douglas H Smith
Importance: From late 2016 through August 2017, US government personnel serving on diplomatic assignment in Havana, Cuba, reported neurological symptoms associated with exposure to auditory and sensory phenomena. Objective: To describe the neurological manifestations that followed exposure to an unknown energy source associated with auditory and sensory phenomena. Design, Setting, and Participants: Preliminary results from a retrospective case series of US government personnel in Havana, Cuba...
February 15, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Eleftherios S Papathanasiou
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January 31, 2018: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
Shannon Charron, Kyla A McKay, Helen Tremlett
BACKGROUND: Physical activity may be neuroprotective in multiple sclerosis (MS). One review (2011) of exercise and MS disability was inconclusive, but highlighted the need for more studies. OBJECTIVE: To perform an updated systematic literature review examining the relationship between physical activity and physical ability outcomes in persons with MS. METHODS: EMBASE and MEDLINE were searched for original interventional studies (2011-2016) evaluating exercise on quantitative outcomes of physical disability in MS...
February 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Fredrik Tjernström, Per-Anders Fransson, Babar Kahlon, Mikael Karlberg, Sven Lindberg, Peter Siesjö, Måns Magnusson
OBJECT: To evaluate post-surgical postural stability when treating patients with remaining vestibular function with intratympanic gentamicin (PREHAB) prior to schwannoma surgery. METHOD: 44 consecutive patients with some form remaining vestibular function scheduled for vestibular schwannoma surgery. 20 were medically deafferented with intratympanic gentamicin before surgery and 24 were not. Both groups were of the same age, had the same tumor size, same type of surgery, and same perioperative sensory rehabilitation (training exercises), and no surgical complications...
2018: Journal of Vestibular Research: Equilibrium & Orientation
Eva Ekvall Hansson, Anders Beckman
BACKGROUND: The number of elderly people persons suffering from dizziness is substantial, and dizziness is a risk factor for falls and fractures. Fall-related fractures represent a major public health issue. Longitudinal studies can help find ways of predicting fall-related fractures among frail elderly persons with multisensory dizziness. The aim of the present study was therefore to investigate whether different measures of balance, being male/female or admission to hospital, could predict fracture at a ten-year follow-up in patients suffering from multisensory dizziness...
February 2, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
Jeffrey R Hebert, John R Corboy, Timothy Vollmer, Jeri E Forster, Margaret Schenkman
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a multifaceted vestibular-related rehabilitation program (Balance and Eye-Movement Exercises for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis; BEEMS) improves balance in persons with MS and whether there are differences in outcomes based on brainstem/cerebellar lesion involvement. METHODS: A 2-arm, examiner-blinded, stratified (involvement vs no involvement of brainstem/cerebellar structures), randomized controlled trial was implemented. Eighty-eight participants were allocated to BEEMS or no treatment control...
January 31, 2018: Neurology
Filippo Del Curto, Carlo Massimo Saratti, Ivo Krejci
Since the first introduction of the Cerec system (Sirona) in the early 1980s, the use of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) technology has spread widely in modern adhesive dentistry. Thanks to this innovative technology, it has been possible to carry out chairside restorations fully managed by the clinician, with the advantages of lower costs for the patient, more rapid execution of the restorations, and the exclusion of the provisional phase. With further improvements in chairside technologies and materials, specifically in the field of composite resin blocks, it is now possible to fabricate multiple ultrathin, minimally invasive or even noninvasive restorations in one single appointment...
2018: International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry
Bart B G T Alberts, Luc P J Selen, Wim I M Verhagen, Ronald J E Pennings, W Pieter Medendorp
DFNA9 is a rare progressive autosomal dominantly inherited vestibulo-cochlear disorder, resulting in a homogeneous group of patients with hearing impairment and bilateral vestibular function loss. These patients suffer from a deteriorated sense of spatial orientation, leading to balance problems in darkness, especially on irregular surfaces. Both behavioral and functional imaging studies suggest that the remaining sensory cues could compensate for the loss of vestibular information. A thorough model-based quantification of this reweighting in individual patients is however missing...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
Ilya M Sluch, Michael S Elliott, Justin Dvorak, Kai Ding, Bradley K Farris
Visual vertigo is a disorder characterised by symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, unsteadiness, disorientation, and general discomfort induced by visual triggers. It is currently treated with vestibular rehabilitation therapy, with no effective pharmacotherapy available for treatment-resistant cases. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of oral acetazolamide in improving symptoms of visual vertigo. A comparative case series of adult patients clinically diagnosed with visual vertigo was conducted from January 1992 to May 2015...
December 2017: Neuro-ophthalmology
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