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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234302/home-based-virtual-reality-augmented-training-improves-lower-limb-muscle-strength-balance-and-functional-mobility-following-chronic-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury
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Michael Villiger, Jasmin Liviero, Lea Awai, Rahel Stoop, Pawel Pyk, Ron Clijsen, Armin Curt, Kynan Eng, Marc Bolliger
Key factors positively influencing rehabilitation and functional recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI) include training variety, intensive movement repetition, and motivating training tasks. Systems supporting these aspects may provide profound gains in rehabilitation, independent of the subject's treatment location. In the present study, we test the hypotheses that virtual reality (VR)-augmented training at home (i.e., unsupervised) is feasible with subjects with an incomplete SCI (iSCI) and that it improves motor functions such as lower limb muscle strength, balance, and functional mobility...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225161/self-efficacy-and-pressure-ulcer-prevention-after-spinal-cord-injury-results-from-a-nationwide-community-survey-in-switzerland-swisci
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Kerstin Hug, Caroline Stumm, Isabelle Debecker, Carolina Saskia Fellinghauer, Claudio Peter, Magret Hund-Georgiadis
BACKGROUND: Pressure ulcers (PUs) are a common and severe health condition in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). Skin-care strategies for PU prevention are usually provided during first rehabilitation. However, individuals with SCI often do not perform these strategies continuously, especially after discharge. The influence of psychological factors such as general self-efficacy (GSE) on the performance of PU prevention behavior has not yet been sufficiently explored. OBJECTIVE: To investigate if persons with higher levels of GSE are more likely to perform skin-care strategies for PU prevention regularly...
December 7, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214853/psychometric-properties-of-the-satisfaction-with-life-scale-in-people-with-traumatic-brain-spinal-cord-or-burn-injury-a-national-institute-on-disability-independent-living-and-rehabilitation-research-model-system-study
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Dagmar Amtmann, Fraser D Bocell, Alyssa Bamer, Allen W Heinemann, Jeanne M Hoffman, Shannon B Juengst, Marta Rosenberg, Jeffery C Schneider, Shelley Wiechman, Kara McMullen
This study evaluated the measurement properties of the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) in a sample of 17,897 people with spinal cord injury (48%, n = 8,566), traumatic brain injury (44%, n = 7,941), and burn injury (8%, n = 1,390), 1 year following injury. We examined measurement invariance across the groups, unidimensionality, local independence, reliability from a classical test and item response theory (IRT) framework, and fit to a unidimensional IRT model. The results support unidimensionality and local independence of the SWLS...
February 1, 2017: Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209163/voluntary-ambulation-by-upper-limb-triggered-hal%C3%A2-in-patients-with-complete-quadri-paraplegia-due-to-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
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Yukiyo Shimizu, Hideki Kadone, Shigeki Kubota, Kenji Suzuki, Tetsuya Abe, Tomoyuki Ueno, Yuichiro Soma, Yoshiyuki Sankai, Yasushi Hada, Masashi Yamazaki
Patients with complete paraplegia after spinal cord injury (SCI) are unable to stand or walk on their own. Standing exercise decreases the risk of decubitus ulcers, osteoporosis, and joint deformities in patients with SCI. Conventional gait training for complete paraplegia requires excessive upper limb usage for weight bearing and is difficult in cases of complete quadriplegia. The purpose of this study was to describe voluntary ambulation triggered by upper limb activity using the Hybrid Assistive Limb® (HAL) in patients with complete quadri/paraplegia after chronic SCI...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202852/nutrition-education-for-cardiovascular-disease-prevention-in-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injuries-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jesse A Lieberman, Jacquelyn W McClelland, David C Goff, Elizabeth Racine, Michael F Dulin, William A Bauman, Janet Niemeier, Mark A Hirsch, H James Norton, Charity G Moore
BACKGROUND: Individuals with chronic spinal cord injuries (SCIs) have an increased prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and associated risk factors compared with age-matched control subjects. Exercise has been shown to improve selected CVD risk factors in individuals with SCI, but using nutrition education as an intervention has not been evaluated in this population. This paper describes our research plan for evaluating the effect of nutrition education on individuals with SCI. In the present study, called Eat Smart, Live Better, we are using a randomized controlled design to test an intervention adapted from an existing evidence-based program that showed a positive effect on nutrition knowledge and behavior of older adults from the general population...
December 4, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202845/robotic-assisted-gait-as-a-tool-for-rehabilitation-of-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injury-a-systematic-review
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Ledycnarf J Holanda, Patrícia M M Silva, Thiago C Amorim, Matheus O Lacerda, Camila R Simão, Edgard Morya
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury (SCI) is characterized by a total or partial deficit of sensory and motor pathways. Impairments of this injury compromise muscle recruitment and motor planning, thus reducing functional capacity. SCI patients commonly present psychological, intestinal, urinary, osteomioarticular, tegumentary, cardiorespiratory and neural alterations that aggravate in chronic phase. One of the neurorehabilitation goals is the restoration of these abilities by favoring improvement in the quality of life and functional independence...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193471/effect-of-quantitative-assessment-based-nursing-intervention-on-the-bowel-function-and-life-quality-of-patients-with-neurogenic-bowel-dysfunction-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Yanyan Zhang, Xiyan Xia, Xuewei Zhuang
AIMS: To study the effect of quantitative assessment-based nursing intervention on the bowel function and life quality in patients with neurogenic bowel dysfunction after spinal cord injury. BACKGROUND: Neurogenic bowel dysfunction after spinal cord injury was clinically manifested by abdominal distension, intractable constipation, prolonged defecation and fecal incontinence, which seriously affected the normal life of patients. Traditional ways of nursing for these patients focused on basic care, but lacked sufficient recognition of disease severity and individual needs...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187744/it-is-a-marathon-rather-than-a-sprint-an-initial-exploration-of-unmet-needs-and-support-preferences-of-caregivers-of-children-with-sci
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Susan L Ryerson Espino, Erin H Kelly, Anne Rivelli, Kathy Zebracki, Lawrence C Vogel
STUDY DESIGN: Focus group study. OBJECTIVES: Explore unmet needs and support preferences of caregivers of youth with spinal cord injury (SCI). SETTING: One pediatric specialty rehabilitation hospital system in the United States. METHODS: Four focus groups were conducted with a convenience sample of 26 caregivers who were primarily mothers (96%) and married (65%), and had at least some college education (85%). Children living with SCI were on average 12...
November 30, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185474/exploration-of-hand-grasp-patterns-elicitable-through-non-invasive-proximal-nerve-stimulation
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Henry Shin, Zach Watkins, Xiaogang Hu
Various neurological conditions, such as stroke or spinal cord injury, result in an impaired control of the hand. One method of restoring this impairment is through functional electrical stimulation (FES). However, traditional FES techniques often lead to quick fatigue and unnatural ballistic movements. In this study, we sought to explore the capabilities of a non-invasive proximal nerve stimulation technique in eliciting various hand grasp patterns. The ulnar and median nerves proximal to the elbow joint were activated transcutanously using a programmable stimulator, and the resultant finger flexion joint angles were recorded using a motion capture system...
November 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183207/-i-m-very-visible-but-seldom-seen-consumer-choice-and-use-of-mobility-aids-on-public-transport
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Carolyn A Unsworth, Vijay Rawat, John Sullivan, Richard Tay, Anjum Naweed, Prasad Gudimetla
PURPOSE: The number of mobility aid users continues to rise as the population ages. While mobility aid users rely on public transport due to its affordability, evidence suggests access can be difficult. This study aims to describe people who use mobility aids to access public transport and the role of public transport access in influencing mobility aid choice. METHODS: Sixty-seven mobility aid users participated in telephone surveys which predominantly used a structured quantitative format...
November 28, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182036/the-stanmore-nursing-assessment-of-psychological-status-snaps-not-just-for-spinal-cord-injury-rehabilitation
#11
George Ikkos, Angela Gall, Carol Smyth
Spinal cord injury is an uncommon condition, potentially causing a wide range of consequences and requiring specialist rehabilitation to optimize health, activity and participation. Early psychological response to injury and relations with staff, as well as family, may set the foundations for long-term emotional adjustment, healthcare utilization and quality of life. The Stanmore Nursing Assessment of Psychological Status has been developed at the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre to empower nurses to adopt a consistently empathic approach to patient care, as part of a comprehensive range of rehabilitation team skills...
November 28, 2017: Pain Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29176992/immunosenescence-in-persons-with-spinal-cord-injury-in-relation-to-urinary-tract-infections-a-cross-sectional-study
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David Pavlicek, Jörg Krebs, Simona Capossela, Alessandro Bertolo, Britta Engelhardt, Jürgen Pannek, Jivko Stoyanov
Background: Individuals with a spinal cord injury (SCI), despite specialized rehabilitation and good health care, have a reduced life expectancy. Infectious diseases, such as pneumonias, infected pressure sores and urinary tract infections (UTI) have been identified as the leading causes of mortality. We hypothesise that a premature onset of immune frailty occurs in SCI, possibly caused also by recurrent urinary tract infections.A cross sectional study was performed comparing blood and urine samples between able bodied controls (n = 84) and persons with spinal cord injury (n = 85)...
2017: Immunity & Ageing: I & A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175055/cortical-morphometric-changes-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Raffaele Nardone, Yvonne Höller, Luca Sebastianelli, Viviana Versace, Leopold Saltuari, Francesco Brigo, Piergiorgio Lochner, Eugen Trinka
Neuroimaging studies suggest that spinal cord injury (SCI) may lead to significant anatomical alterations in the human sensorimotor system. In particular, voxel-based morphometry (VBM) of cortical volume has revealed a significant gray and white matter atrophy bilaterally in the primary sensory cortex (S1). By contrast, some structural studies failed to detect changes in gray matter volume (GMV) in the primary motor cortex (M1) following SCI, whereas others have reported a substantial decrease of GMV also in M1...
November 23, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164038/timing-of-decompression-in-patients-with-acute-spinal-cord-injury-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Jefferson R Wilson, Lindsay A Tetreault, Brian K Kwon, Paul M Arnold, Thomas E Mroz, Christopher Shaffrey, James S Harrop, Jens R Chapman, Steve Casha, Andrea C Skelly, Haley K Holmer, Erika D Brodt, Michael G Fehlings
Study Design: Systematic review. Objective: To conduct a systematic review and synthesis of the literature to assess the comparative effectiveness, safety, and cost-effectiveness of early (≤24 hours) versus late decompression (>24 hours) in adults with acute spinal cord injury (SCI). Methods: A systematic search was conducted of Medline, EMBASE, the Cochrane Collaboration Library, and Google Scholar to identify studies published through November 6, 2014...
September 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164036/a-clinical-practice-guideline-for-the-management-of-acute-spinal-cord-injury-introduction-rationale-and-scope
#15
Michael G Fehlings, Lindsay A Tetreault, Jefferson R Wilson, Brian K Kwon, Anthony S Burns, Allan R Martin, Gregory Hawryluk, James S Harrop
Acute spinal cord injury (SCI) is a traumatic event that results in disturbances to normal sensory, motor, or autonomic function and ultimately affects a patient's physical, psychological, and social well-being. The management of patients with SCI has drastically evolved over the past century as a result of increasing knowledge on injury mechanisms, disease pathophysiology, and the role of surgery. There still, however, remain controversial areas surrounding available management strategies for the treatment of SCI, including the use of corticosteroids such as methylprednisolone sodium succinate, the optimal timing of surgical intervention, the type and timing of anticoagulation prophylaxis, the role of magnetic resonance imaging, and the type and timing of rehabilitation...
September 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164034/guidelines-for-the-management-of-degenerative-cervical-myelopathy-and-spinal-cord-injury-an-introduction-to-a-focus-issue
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Michael G Fehlings, Brian K Kwon, Lindsay A Tetreault
Study Design: Introduction to a guidelines project. Objectives: The objective of this focus issue is to present guidelines that outline how to best manage patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) and spinal cord injury (SCI). Topics addressed in this focus issue include: 1) management strategies for patients with mild, moderate and severe DCM; and 2a) timing of surgical decompression; b) the use of methylprednisolone sodium succinate; c) the type and timing of anticoagulation strategies; d) the role of magnetic resonance imaging in clinical decision making and outcome prediction; and e) the type and timing of rehabilitation in patients with SCI...
September 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164029/a-clinical-practice-guideline-for-the-management-of-patients-with-acute-spinal-cord-injury-recommendations-on-the-type-and-timing-of-rehabilitation
#17
Michael G Fehlings, Lindsay A Tetreault, Bizhan Aarabi, Paul Anderson, Paul M Arnold, Darrel S Brodke, Kazuhiro Chiba, Joseph R Dettori, Julio C Furlan, James S Harrop, Gregory Hawryluk, Langston T Holly, Susan Howley, Tara Jeji, Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan, Mark Kotter, Shekar Kurpad, Brian K Kwon, Ralph J Marino, Allan R Martin, Eric Massicotte, Geno Merli, James W Middleton, Hiroaki Nakashima, Narihito Nagoshi, Katherine Palmieri, Anoushka Singh, Andrea C Skelly, Eve C Tsai, Alexander Vaccaro, Jefferson R Wilson, Albert Yee, Anthony S Burns
Introduction: The objective of this study is to develop guidelines that outline the appropriate type and timing of rehabilitation in patients with acute spinal cord injury (SCI). Methods: A systematic review of the literature was conducted to address key questions related to rehabilitation in patients with acute SCI. A multidisciplinary guideline development group used this information, and their clinical expertise, to develop recommendations for the type and timing of rehabilitation...
September 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164024/a-clinical-practice-guideline-for-the-management-of-patients-with-acute-spinal-cord-injury-and-central-cord-syndrome-recommendations-on-the-timing-%C3%A2-24-hours-versus-24-hours-of-decompressive-surgery
#18
Michael G Fehlings, Lindsay A Tetreault, Jefferson R Wilson, Bizhan Aarabi, Paul Anderson, Paul M Arnold, Darrel S Brodke, Anthony S Burns, Kazuhiro Chiba, Joseph R Dettori, Julio C Furlan, Gregory Hawryluk, Langston T Holly, Susan Howley, Tara Jeji, Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan, Mark Kotter, Shekar Kurpad, Ralph J Marino, Allan R Martin, Eric Massicotte, Geno Merli, James W Middleton, Hiroaki Nakashima, Narihito Nagoshi, Katherine Palmieri, Anoushka Singh, Andrea C Skelly, Eve C Tsai, Alexander Vaccaro, Albert Yee, James S Harrop
Objective: To develop recommendations on the timing of surgical decompression in patients with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) and central cord syndrome. Methods: A systematic review of the literature was conducted to address key relevant questions. A multidisciplinary guideline development group used this information, along with their clinical expertise, to develop recommendations for the timing of surgical decompression in patients with SCI and central cord syndrome...
September 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164023/type-and-timing-of-rehabilitation-following-acute-and-subacute-spinal-cord-injury-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Anthony S Burns, Ralph J Marino, Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan, James W Middleton, Lindsay A Tetreault, Joseph R Dettori, Kathryn E Mihalovich, Michael G Fehlings
Objectives: The objective of this study was to conduct a systematic review of the literature to address the following clinical questions: In adult patients with acute and subacute complete or incomplete traumatic SCI, (1) does the time interval between injury and commencing rehabilitation affect outcome?; (2) what is the comparative effectiveness of different rehabilitation strategies, including different intensities and durations of treatment?; (3) are there patient or injury characteristics that affect the efficacy of rehabilitation?; and (4) what is the cost-effectiveness of various rehabilitation strategies? Methods: A systematic search was conducted for literature published through March 31, 2015 that evaluated rehabilitation strategies in adults with acute or subacute traumatic SCI at any level...
September 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157032/pain-fatigue-function-and-participation-among-long-term-manual-wheelchair-users-partnered-with-a-mobility-service-dog
#20
Claude Vincent, Dany H Gagnon, Frédéric Dumont
PURPOSE: To assess the effects of a mobility service dog (MSD) on pain, fatigue, wheelchair-related functional tasks, participation and satisfaction among manual wheelchair users over a nine-month period. METHOD: A longitudinal study with repeated assessment times before and three, six and nine months after intervention was achieved. Intervention consisted in partnering each participant with a MSD. The setting is a well-established provincial service dog training school and participants homes...
November 20, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
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