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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227176/a-novel-method-to-assess-angle-sensor-performance-for-wearable-exoskeletal-joint-kinematics
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Nicholas B Bolus, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan, Nicholas B Bolus, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan, Nicholas B Bolus
Full range of motion (ROM) at a joint is necessary for efficient and adaptive movement; as such, it is an essential clinical evaluation measure for assessing an individual's motor function, which can be affected by any number of musculoskeletal injuries and neuropathies. Measurement of joint ROM in the clinic has classically been accomplished statically through the use of a manual goniometer. More recent efforts in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics have demonstrated the potential utility of wearable systems (e...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226963/design-and-characterization-of-a-torque-controllable-actuator-for-knee-assistance-during-sit-to-stand
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Max K Shepherd, Elliott J Rouse, Max K Shepherd, Elliott J Rouse, Elliott J Rouse, Max K Shepherd
Individuals with post-stroke hemiparesis often have difficulty standing out of a chair. One way to potentially improve sit-to-stand is to provide knee extension assistance using a powered knee exoskeleton. An exoskeleton providing unilateral, partial assistance during sit-to-stand would need to be torque-controllable. There are no knee exoskeletons on the market suitable for conducting experiments assisting stroke patients with sit-to-stand, so to enable such experiments a research device was developed. The purpose of this report is to present the design of a novel knee exoskeleton actuator that uses a fiberglass leaf spring in series to improve torque-controllability, and present a characterization of the actuator performance...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226961/knee-orthosis-with-variable-stiffness-and-damping-that-simulates-hemiparetic-gait
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Christina-Anne Lahiff, Tyagi Ramakrishnan, Seok Hun Kim, Kyle Reed, Christina-Anne Lahiff, Tyagi Ramakrishnan, Seok Hun Kim, Kyle Reed, Christina-Anne Lahiff, Kyle Reed, Tyagi Ramakrishnan, Seok Hun Kim
Individuals with unilateral stroke have neuromuscular weakness or paralysis on one side of the body caused by some muscles disengaging and others overexciting. Hyperextension of the knee joint and complete lack of plantar flexion of the ankle joint are common symptoms of stroke. This paper focuses on the creation and implementation of a small, lightweight, and adjustable orthotic device to be positioned around the knee of an able-bodied person to simulate hemiparetic gait. Force and range of motion data from able-bodied subjects fitted with the orthosis, inducing hemiparetic gait, was collected using the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation ENvironment (CAREN) system...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226959/evaluation-of-a-variable-resistance-orthotic-knee-joint
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Andrew Herbert-Copley, Edward D Lemaire, Natalie Baddour, Andrew Herbert-Copley, Edward D Lemaire, Natalie Baddour, Andrew Herbert-Copley, Natalie Baddour, Edward D Lemaire
Knee-ankle-foot orthoses (KAFOs) are full leg braces for individuals with knee extensor weakness, designed to support the person during weight bearing activities by preventing knee flexion. KAFOs typically result in an unnatural gait pattern and are primarily used for level ground walking. A novel variable resistance orthotic knee joint, the Ottawalk-Variable Speed (OWVS), was designed to address these limitations. This paper presents a pilot test to evaluate the OWVS functional performance during walking and stair descent...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207840/using-the-hephaistos-orthotic-device-to-study-countermeasure-effectiveness-of-neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-and-dietary-lupin-protein-supplementation-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Jochen Zange, Kathrin Schopen, Kirsten Albracht, Darius A Gerlach, Petra Frings-Meuthen, Nicola A Maffiuletti, Wilhelm Bloch, Jörn Rittweger
PURPOSE: The present study investigated whether neuromuscular electrical stimulation for 20 min twice a day with an electrode placed over the soleus muscle and nutritional supplementation with 19 g of protein rich lupin seeds can reduce the loss in volume and strength of the human calf musculature during long term unloading by wearing an orthotic unloading device. METHODS: Thirteen healthy male subjects (age of 26.4 ± 3.7 years) wore a Hephaistos orthosis one leg for 60 days during all habitual activities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179609/physical-and-environmental-hazards-in-the-prosthetics-and-orthotics-workshop-a-pilot-study
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Sarah Anderson, Rwth Stuckey, Diana Poole, Jodi Oakman
: Background; Prosthetists and Orthotists (P&O) are exposed to physical hazards within the workshop environment. Concern regarding these exposures has been expressed by P&Os; however, little research has been undertaken. Exposures to noise and volatile organic compounds in amounts larger than statutorily allowed can have adverse short and long term consequences on people's health. OBJECTIVES: To identify and quantify hazardous noise and chemical exposures in a typical P&O workplace...
February 7, 2017: Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174604/challenging-the-foundations-of-the-clinical-model-of-foot-function-further-evidence-that-the-root-model-assessments-fail-to-appropriately-classify-foot-function
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Hannah L Jarvis, Christopher J Nester, Peter D Bowden, Richard K Jones
BACKGROUND: The Root model of normal and abnormal foot function remains the basis for clinical foot orthotic practice globally. Our aim was to investigate the relationship between foot deformities and kinematic compensations that are the foundations of the model. METHODS: A convenience sample of 140 were screened and 100 symptom free participants aged 18-45 years were invited to participate. The static biomechanical assessment described by the Root model was used to identify five foot deformities...
2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145921/the-effect-of-elective-rotations-on-the-self-assessment-examination-results-of-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-residents-implications-for-minimizing-educational-resource-disparities-in-taiwan
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I-Nan Lien, Pei-Shen Wu, Tyng-Guey Wang, Wen-Shiang Chen, Henry L Lew
OBJECTIVE: The aims of the study were (1) to assess whether a knowledge disparity existed between physical medicine and rehabilitation residents from community hospitals versus those from medical centers, before the introduction of short-term elective training at the end of 2008 and (2), if such disparity existed, to determine whether 1-month short-term elective training was associated with minimizing such disparity, as reflected in the self-assessment examination scores. DESIGN: Self-assessment examination scores from 2007-2016 were analyzed in each of the following three topics: (a) cardiac rehabilitation, (b) pulmonary rehabilitation, and (c) orthotics...
January 31, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143549/patients-satisfaction-with-lower-limb-prosthetic-and-orthotic-devices-and-service-delivery-in-sierra-leone-and-malawi
#9
Lina Magnusson, Gerd Ahlström
BACKGROUND: People with disabilities have the right to personal mobility and available and affordable assistive technology, according to the Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The aims were to investigate similarities and differences between Sierra Leone and Malawi concerning participants' mobility and satisfaction with their lower-limb prosthetic or orthotic device and related service delivery, and to identify variables associated with patients' satisfaction with assistive devices and associated services in the entire study group from these two low-income countries...
February 1, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140419/rehabilitation-the-health-strategy-of-the-21st-century
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Gerold Stucki, Jerome Bickenbach, Christoph Gutenbrunner, John Melvin
There is strong evidence that population ageing and the epidemiological transition to a higher incidence of chronic, non-communicable diseases will continue to profoundly impact societies worldwide, putting more pressure on healthcare systems to respond to the needs of the people they serve. These trends argue for the need to address what matters to people about their health: limitations in their functioning that affect their day-to-day actions and goals in life. From its inception, rehabilitation, 1 of the 4 health strategies identified in the Declaration of Alma Ata in 1978, has had functioning as its outcome of interest...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114267/the-clubfoot-over-the-centuries
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Ilaria Sanzarello, Matteo Nanni, Cesare Faldini
The aim of this paper is to review all treatment methods of the clubfoot over the years through the documentation present in the literature and art with the aim of better understanding the pathoanatomy of the deformity, but to also clarify factors that allow a safe, logical approach to clubfoot management. The initial part of this paper traces the most representative iconographic representations of clubfoot in history to describe how his presence was witnessed since ancient times. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was the first to present written references about treatment methods of clubfoot...
March 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Part B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108423/isolated-transverse-process-fractures-a-systematic-analysis
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REVIEW
Daniel T Nagasawa, Timothy T Bui, Carlito Lagman, Seung J Lee, Lawrance K Chung, Tianyi Niu, Alexander Tucker, Bilwaj Gaonkar, Isaac Yang, Luke Macyszyn
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature on isolated transverse process fractures (ITPFs) and provide evidence for and validate the current practice of conservative management. METHODS: The PubMed database was searched for published literature related to ITPFs. Baseline patient (age, sex, presentation, mechanism of injury) and fracture (number of fractures, level, single or multi-segmental) characteristics were extracted. Management, and outcomes were also recorded. Statistical comparisons were ascertained through N-1 Pearson Chi-squared tests...
January 17, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103760/the-use-of-a-direct-manufacturing-prosthetic-socket-system-in-a-rural-community-in-south-africa-a-pilot-study-and-lessons-for-future-research
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Liezel Ennion, Anton Johannesson, Anthea Rhoda
BACKGROUND: Challenges exist with the provision of appropriate mobility assistive devices in rural areas. The use of the direct manufacturing prosthetic socket system is a possible solution to these challenges. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to test and explore the clients' perspectives with the application of this device. STUDY DESIGN: Within a mixed-methods approach, a longitudinal sequential explanatory design was applied. METHODS: The Orthotic and Prosthetic User's Survey was administered to explore the use of the direct manufacturing prosthetic socket system in terms of function, health-related quality of life and client satisfaction...
January 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102429/training-and-orthotic-effects-related-to-functional-electrical-stimulation-of-the-peroneal-nerve-in-stroke
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Tamsyn Street, Ian Swain, Paul Taylor
OBJECTIVE: To examine the evidence for a training effect on the lower limb of functional electrical stimulation. DESIGN: Cohort study. PATIENTS: A total of 133 patients >6 months post-stroke. METHODS: Training and orthotic effects were determined from walking speed over 10 m, associated minimal and substantial clinically important differences (i.e. >0.05 and >0.10 m/s), and Functional Ambulation Category (FAC), ranging from household walking to independent walking in the community...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094678/orthotic-treatment-of-positional-brachycephaly-associated-with-osteogenesis-imperfecta
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Carolina G Matarazzo, Gerd Schreen, Camilla D do Lago-Rizzardi, Maria Stella Peccin, Fernando Cg Pinto
Osteogenesis imperfecta is an inherited disorder of the connective tissue characterized primarily by fractures with no or small causal antecedents and extremely variable clinical presentation. The disorder requires a global and, therefore, multidisciplinary therapeutic approach that should aim, among other aspects, at the prevention and treatment of deformities resulting from osteogenesis imperfecta. Due to limitations related to bony deformities, it can be difficult to place these infants in a variety of positions that would help remediate skull deformities, so a cranial orthosis becomes the therapy of choice...
January 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088382/functional-electrical-stimulation-for-foot-drop-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-the-impact-on-gait-speed
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REVIEW
Linda Miller, Angus McFadyen, Anna C Lord, Rebecca Hunter, Lorna Paul, Danny Rafferty, Roy Bowers, Paul Mattison
OBJECTIVE: To review the efficacy of functional electrical stimulation (FES) used for foot drop in people with multiple sclerosis (pwMS) on gait speed in short and long walking performance tests. DATA SOURCES: Five databases (Cochrane Library, CINAHL, Embase, MEDLINE, Pubmed) and reference lists were searched. STUDY SELECTION: Studies of both observational and experimental design where gait speed data in pwMS could be extracted were included...
January 11, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050536/functional-and-clinical-results-achieved-in-congenital-clubfoot-patients-treated-by-ponseti-s-technique
#17
Pedro Augusto Jaqueto, Guilherme Salgado Martins, Fernando Saddi Mennucci, Cintia Kelly Bittar, José Luís Amim Zabeu
OBJECTIVES: To analyze and evaluate functional and clinical results in patients with congenital clubfoot treated with Ponseti's technique. METHODS: This study evaluated 31 patients diagnosed with 51 congenital clubfeet, treated between April 2006 and September 2011 with Ponseti's technique. The patients who did not achieve an equinus correction with manipulation were treated with Achilles tenotomy. An anterior tibial tendon transfer was performed in patients who maintained residual adduction...
November 2016: Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982715/the-effect-of-footwear-adapted-with-a-multi-curved-rocker-sole-in-conjunction-with-knee-ankle-foot-orthoses-on-walking-in-poliomyelitis-subjects-a-pilot-study
#18
Ali Mojaver, Mokhtar Arazpour, Gholamreza Aminian, Monireh Ahmadi Bani, Mahmood Bahramizadeh, Guive Sharifi, Arash Sherafatvaziri
BACKGROUND: Knee-ankle-foot orthoses (KAFOs) are used by people with poliomyelitis to ambulate. Whist advances in orthotic knee joint designs for use in KAFOs such the provision of stance control capability have proven efficacy, little attention has been paid to shoe adaptations which may also improve gait. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the alteration to the kinematics and temporal-spatial parameters of gait caused by the use of heel-to-toe rocker-soled footwear when ambulating with KAFOs...
December 16, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942124/effects-of-orthotic-insoles-on-adults-with-flexible-flatfoot-under-different-walking-conditions
#19
Jun Na Zhai, Yu Sheng Qiu, Jue Wang
[Purpose] This study was to evaluate the effects of orthotics on adults with flexible flatfoot when wearing orthotic insoles while walking on horizontal ground, walking up and down stairs and to determine if flexible flatfoot needs treatment. [Subjects and Methods] Fifteen college students with flexible flatfoot and fifteen college students with normal feet were recruited. First, load rate and contact area were measured by RSscan force plate when the subjects were walking on horizontal ground, walking up and down 10 cm and 20 cm stairs...
November 2016: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927029/measuring-wearing-time-of-knee-ankle-foot-orthoses-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-comparison-of-parent-report-and-objective-measurement
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Josina C Maas, Annet J Dallmeijer, Bodil Y Oudshoorn, Eline A M Bolster, Peter A Huijing, Richard T Jaspers, Jules G Becher
: Purpose state: Orthotic wearing time may be an important confounder in efficacy studies of treatment in children with spastic cerebral palsy (SCP). Most studies measure parent-reported wearing time (WTparent) with questionnaires, but it is questionable whether this yields valid results. This study aims to compare WTparent with objectively measured wearing time (WTobj) in children with SCP receiving orthotic treatment. METHOD: Eight children with SCP participated in this observational study...
December 7, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
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