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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528818/patellar-tendon-vibration-reduces-the-increased-facilitation-from-quadriceps-to-soleus-in-post-stroke-hemiparetic-individuals
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Eric Maupas, Joseph-Omer Dyer, Sibele de Andrade Melo, Robert Forget
BACKGROUND: Stimulation of the femoral nerve in healthy people can facilitate soleus H-reflex and electromyography (EMG) activity. In stroke patients, such facilitation of transmission in spinal pathways linking the quadriceps and soleus muscles is enhanced and related to co-activation of knee and ankle extensors while sitting and walking. Soleus H-reflex facilitation can be depressed by vibration of the quadriceps in healthy people, but the effects of such vibration have never been studied on the abnormal soleus facilitation observed in people after stroke...
May 18, 2017: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499159/sensitivity-of-biomechanical-outcomes-to-independent-variations-of-hindfoot-and-forefoot-stiffness-in-foot-prostheses
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Peter Gabriel Adamczyk, Michelle Roland, Michael E Hahn
Many studies have reported the effects of different foot prostheses on gait, but most results cannot be generalized because the prostheses' properties are seldom reported. We varied hindfoot and forefoot stiffness in an experimental foot prosthesis, in increments of 15N/mm, and tested the parametric effects of these variations on treadmill walking in unilateral transtibial amputees, at speeds from 0.7 to 1.5m/s. We computed outcomes such as prosthesis energy return, center of mass (COM) mechanics, ground reaction forces, and joint mechanics, and computed their sensitivity to component stiffness...
May 9, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466759/knee-ankle-foot-orthosis-with-powered-knee-for-support-in-the-elderly
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Peter Paul Pott, Sebastian Immanuel Wolf, Julia Block, Stefan van Drongelen, Markus Grün, Daniel Ww Heitzmann, Jürgen Hielscher, Andreas Horn, Roman Müller, Oliver Rettig, Ulrich Konigorski, Roland Werthschützky, Helmut Friedrich Schlaak, Thorsten Meiß
A prototype of a powered knee orthotic device was developed to determine whether fractional external torque and power support to the knee relieves the biomechanical loads and reduces the muscular demand for a subject performing sit-to-stand movements. With this demonstrator, consisting of the subsystems actuation, kinematics, sensors, and control, all relevant sensor data can be acquired and full control is maintained over actuator parameters. A series-elastic actuator based on a direct current motor provides up to 30 Nm torque to the knee via a hinge joint with an additional sliding degree of freedom...
May 1, 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465222/impacts-of-muscle-strength-and-balance-control-on-sit-to-walk-and-turn-durations-in-the-timed-up-and-go-test
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Tzurei Betty Chen, Li-Shan Chou
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association of muscle strength and balance control with the amount of time taken to perform sit-to-walk (STW) or turning components of Timed Up and Go test (TUG) in elderly adults DESIGN: Correlations; multiple regression models. SETTING: General community. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty elderly adults over the age of 70 years recruited from the community. INTERVENTIONS: Not applicable. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Muscle strength, balance control and TUG performance time...
April 29, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444097/chronic-polyarthritis-as-the-first-manifestation-of-childhood-systemic-polyarteritis-nodosa
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Glaucia Vanessa Novak, Koken Hayashi, Kohei Sampa, Yosuke Okumura, Gabriela Ribeiro Viola Ferreira, Clovis Artur Silva
Arthritis has been reported as an acute pattern, generally evanescent with oligoarthritis, mostly affecting knees and ankles in childhood systemic polyarteritis nodosa. However, chronic polyarthritis with morning stiffness mimicking juvenile idiopathic arthritis has not been reported. We describe the case of a 4-year old girl who had additive and chronic polyarthritis with edema, tenderness, pain on motion and morning stiffness for 2 months. After 45 days, she also presented painful subcutaneous nodules and erythematous-violaceous lesions in the extensor region of upper and lower limbs...
January 2017: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432883/sagittal-plane-joint-kinetics-during-stair-ascent-in-patients-with-peripheral-arterial-disease-and-intermittent-claudication
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Stephanie L King, Natalie Vanicek, Thomas D O'Brien
Stair negotiation poses a substantial physical demand on the musculoskeletal system and this challenging task can place individuals at risk of falls. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can cause intermittent claudication (IC) pain in the calf and results in altered gait mechanics during level walking. However, whether those with PAD-IC adopt alternate strategies to climb stairs is unknown. Twelve participants with PAD-IC (six bilateral and six unilateral) and 10 healthy controls were recruited and instructed to ascend a five-step staircase whilst 3D kinematic data of the lower-limbs were recorded synchronously with kinetic data from force plates embedded into the staircase on steps two and three...
March 28, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419877/effect-of-foot-orthoses-on-the-medial-longitudinal-arch-in-children-with-flexible-flatfoot-deformity-a-three-dimensional-moment-analysis
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Amir Ali Jafarnezhadgero, Morteza Madadi Shad, Mahdi Majlesi
Foot orthoses are often used to correct altered gait patterns. The purpose of this study was to investigate how foot orthoses can modify the magnitude of three dimensional moments of ankle, knee, and hip joints during a stride of gait in children with flexible flat feet. Bilateral gait data were collected from fourteen male children (age 10.2±1.4 years) suffering from flat feet syndrome. In order to obtain the kinematics data, a Vicon system with six cameras (100Hz) was used and two Kistler force plates (1000Hz) to record the kinetics data under each leg...
April 7, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415899/specific-muscle-synergies-in-national-elite-female-ice-hockey-players-in-response-to-unexpected-external-perturbation
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Minhee Kim, Yushin Kim, Hyeyoung Kim, BumChul Yoon
This study aimed to investigate specific muscle synergies in elite ice hockey players indicating highly developed postural control strategies used to restore balance against unexpected external perturbations. Seven elite athletes (EA) on the women's national ice hockey team and 7 non-athletes (NA) participated in this study. Based on trajectories of centre of mass (COM), analysis periods were divided into an initial phase (a balance disturbance after perturbation onset) and a reversal phase (a balance recovery response), respectively...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392324/the-reliability-and-validity-of-the-timed-up-and-go-motor-test-for-people-with-chronic-stroke
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Peggy P K Chan, Joyce I F Si Tou, Mimi M Y Tse, Shamay S M Ng
OBJECTIVES: To examine: (1) the intra-rater, inter-rater and test-retest reliabilities of the timed up and go (motor) test (TUGmotor) in terms of the number of steps taken and completion time with a chronic stroke population; (2) the relationship between stroke-specific impairments and the number of steps taken in the test and the completion time; (3) the minimal detectable change in TUGmotor times; and (4) the cut-off time which best discriminates the performance of people with stroke from that of healthy older adults...
April 6, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386144/self-healing-juvenile-cutaneous-mucinosis
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Beata Kołodziejczyk, Agnieszka Gazda, Elżbieta Hernik, Izabela Szczygielska, Lidia Rutkowska-Sak, Marta Legatowicz Koprowska
Girl, aged 4 years old, began the disease with pain of the lower extremities, fever up to 38°C and signs of upper airway infection. Then the patient developed oedema and redness of the whole face, thickened skin, subcutaneous nodular foldings of the frontal, occipital, cervical and axillary regions, extensor areas of the joints; fine, hard whitish nodules in the frontal region and over interphalangeal joints of the hands, pruritus; oedemas of the ankles, knees and joints of the hands, cervical lymphadenopathy and hepatomegaly...
2017: Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377110/the-association-of-neuromuscular-attributes-with-performance-based-mobility-among-community-dwelling-older-adults-with-symptomatic-lumbar-spinal-stenosis
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Catherine T Schmidt, Rachel E Ward, Pradeep Suri, Dan K Kiely, Ni Pensheng, Dennis E Anderson, Jonathan F Bean
OBJECTIVE: To identify differences in health factors, neuromuscular attributes and performance-based mobility among community-dwelling older adults with symptomatic lumbar spinal stenosis (SLSS); and to determine which neuromuscular attributes are associated with performance-based measures of mobility. We hypothesized that: (1) community-dwelling older adults with SLSS would have poorer health, greater neuromuscular impairment and worse mobility; and (2) greater impairment in trunk extensor muscle endurance, leg strength, leg speed and knee flexion range of motion (ROM) would be associated with performance-based mobility...
April 1, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350716/movement-strategies-among-groups-of-chronic-ankle-instability-coper-and-control
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S Jun Son, Hyunsoo Kim, Mattew K Seeley, J Ty Hopkins
INTRODUCTION: Comprehensive evaluation of movement strategies during functional movement is a difficult undertaking. Because of this challenge, studied movements have been over simplified. Furthermore, evaluating movement strategies at only a discrete time point(s) provide limited insight into how movement strategies may change or adapt in chronic ankle instability (CAI) patients. This study aimed to identify abnormal movement strategies in individuals with a history of ankle sprain injury during a sports maneuver compared to healthy controls...
March 27, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348929/curvature-reduces-bending-strains-in-the-quokka-femur
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Kyle McCabe, Keith Henderson, Jess Pantinople, Hazel L Richards, Nick Milne
This study explores how curvature in the quokka femur may help to reduce bending strain during locomotion. The quokka is a small wallaby, but the curvature of the femur and the muscles active during stance phase are similar to most quadrupedal mammals. Our hypothesis is that the action of hip extensor and ankle plantarflexor muscles during stance phase place cranial bending strains that act to reduce the caudal curvature of the femur. Knee extensors and biarticular muscles that span the femur longitudinally create caudal bending strains in the caudally curved (concave caudal side) bone...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338388/preferred-hip-strategy-during-landing-reduces-knee-abduction-moment-in-collegiate-female-soccer-players
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Anh-Dung Nguyen, Jeffrey B Taylor, Taylor G Wimbish, Jennifer L Keith, Kevin R Ford
CONTEXT: Hip focused interventions are aimed to decrease frontal plane knee loading related to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Whether a preferred hip landing strategy decreases frontal plane knee loading is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To determine if a preferred hip landing strategy during a drop vertical jump (DVJ) is utilized during a single leg landing (SLL) task and whether differences in frontal plane knee loading are consistent between a DVJ and a SLL task...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336447/anatomical-reconstruction-of-the-fourth-brachymetatarsia-with-one-stage-iliac-bone-and-cartilage-cap-grafting
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Sang Hyun Woo, Chi Young Bang, Hee-Chan Ahn, Sung-Jung Kim, Jun-Young Choi
BACKGROUND: We present a one-stage procedure for lengthening the fourth brachymetatarsia with autogenous iliac bone and cartilage cap grafting for the anatomical reconstruction of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint METHODS: During the last 8 years, 56 feet in 41 patients with congenital brachymetatarsia of the fourth toe were corrected with a one-stage operation to reposition the articular cartilage cap to the distal part of interpositional iliac bone graft at the metatarsal epiphysis...
May 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330449/a-cross-sectional-study-of-the-effects-of-load-carriage-on-running-characteristics-and-tibial-mechanical-stress-implications-for-stress-fracture-injuries-in-women
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Chun Xu, Amy Silder, Ju Zhang, Jaques Reifman, Ginu Unnikrishnan
BACKGROUND: Load carriage is associated with musculoskeletal injuries, such as stress fractures, during military basic combat training. By investigating the influence of load carriage during exercises on the kinematics and kinetics of the body and on the biomechanical responses of bones, such as the tibia, we can quantify the role of load carriage on bone health. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study using an integrated musculoskeletal-finite-element model to analyze how the amount of load carriage in women affected the kinematics and kinetics of the body, as well as the tibial mechanical stress during running...
March 23, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324821/muscular-activity-and-torque-of-the-foot-dorsiflexor-muscles-during-decremental-isometric-test-a-cross-sectional-study
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Maria Ruiz-Muñoz, Manuel González-Sánchez, Jaime Martín-Martín, Antonio I Cuesta-Vargas
PURPOSE: To analyse the torque variation level that could be explained by the muscle activation (EMG) amplitude of the three major foot dorsiflexor muscles (tibialis anterior (TA), extensor digitorum longus (EDL), extensor hallucis longus (EHL)) during isometric foot dorsiflexion at different intensities. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, forty-one subjects performed foot dorsiflexion at 100%, 75%, 50% and 25% of maximal voluntary contractions (MVC) with the hip and knee flexed 90° and the ankle in neutral position (90° between leg and foot)...
November 30, 2016: Foot
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324754/effects-of-sit-to-stand-training-combined-with-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation-on-spasticity-muscle-strength-and-balance-ability-in-patients-with-stroke-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Kyoung-Sim Jung, Tae-Sung In, Hwi-Young Cho
Sit-to-stand is a fundamental movement of human being for performing mobility and independent activity. However, Stroke people symptoms experience difficulty in conducting the sit-to-stand due to paralysis and especially ankle spasticity. Recently, transcutaneouselectrical- stimulation (TENS) is used to reduce pain but also to manage spasticity. The purpose of this study was to determine (1) whether TENS would lead to ankle spasticity reduction and (2) whether sit-to-stand training combined with TENS would improve spasticity, muscle strength and balance ability in stroke patients...
March 10, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323348/differences-in-flexor-and-extensor-activity-during-locomotor-related-leg-movements-in-chick-embryos
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Soo Yeon Sun, Nina S Bradley
Prior to hatching, chick embryos spontaneously produce repetitive limb movements (RLMs), a developmental precursor to walking. During RLMs, flexor and extensor muscles are alternately active as during stance and swing phases of gait. However, previous studies of RLMs observed that flexor muscles were rhythmically active for many cycles, whereas extensors often failed to be recruited. Thus, we asked if flexor muscles are preferentially recruited during RLMs in chick embryos 1 day before hatching and onset of walking...
April 2017: Developmental Psychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314214/gait-biomechanics-following-lower-extremity-trauma-amputation-vs-reconstruction
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Elizabeth Russell Esposito, Daniel J Stinner, John R Fergason, Jason M Wilken
BACKGROUND: Surgical advances have substantially improved outcomes for individuals sustaining traumatic lower extremity injury. Injuries once requiring lower limb amputation are now routinely managed with limb reconstruction surgery. However, comparisons of functional outcomes between the procedures are inconclusive. PURPOSE: To compare gait biomechanics after lower limb reconstruction and transtibial amputation. METHODS: Twenty-four individuals with unilateral lower limb reconstruction wearing a custom ankle-foot orthosis (Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis), 24 with unilateral, transtibial amputation, and 24 able-bodied control subjects underwent gait analysis at a standardized Froude speed based on leg length...
February 21, 2017: Gait & Posture
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