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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240677/an-unusual-cause-of-myelopathy-ochronotic-spondyloarthropathy-with-positive-hla-b27
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Sinem Bozkurt, Lale Aktekin, Fatma Gülçin Uğurlu, Serdar Balci, Nebahat Sezer, Selami Akkus
Ochronosis is a late developing complication of alkaptonuria, a black brownish pigment in the fibrous and cartilaginous tissues. Although most previous studies reported alkaptonuria and back pain due to ochronosis, thoracic myelopathy is an extremely rare complication. In this report, a paraparetic patient who has ochronotic spondiloarthropathy with the presence of HLA B27 antigen is described. He had low back and leg pain and morning stiffness for 5 yrs. Last year, these were followed by tingling, numbness, and weakness the in lower extremities and he was operated on with preliminary diagnosis of prolapsed disc herniation and cord compression...
February 24, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240373/the-effect-of-simulated-metastatic-lesions-on-the-biomechanical-behavior-of-the-proximal-femur
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Emir Benca, Andreas Reisinger, Janina M Patsch, Lena Hirtler, Alexander Synek, Sandra Stenicka, Reinhard Windhager, Winfried Mayr, Dieter H Pahr
Pathologic fractures of femora in patients with metastatic cancer are associated with high morbidity and mortality. Prediction of impending fractures is based on unspecific clinical criteria or past clinician's experience, which leads to underestimation or overtreatment. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of the site of metastatic lesions on biomechanical behavior of the proximal femur. Sixteen pairs of human femora were scanned with quantitative computed tomography (QCT) to asses bone mineral density...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227557/sudden-changes-in-walking-surface-compliance-evoke-contralateral-emg-in-a-hemiparetic-walker-a-case-study-of-inter-leg-coordination-after-neurological-injury
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Jeffrey Skidmore, Panagiotis Artemiadis, Jeffrey Skidmore, Panagiotis Artemiadis, Jeffrey Skidmore, Panagiotis Artemiadis
Gait impairment due to neurological disorders is a significant problem around the world. Despite the growing interest in using robotic devices for gait rehabilitation, their widespread use remains limited as there is no clear evidence that robot-assisted gait therapy is superior to traditional treadmill-based therapy. This work is a case study that focuses on investigating the existence of mechanisms of inter-leg coordination after neurological injury, and based on that, proposing novel methods for gait rehabilitation...
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/28222170/biomechanical-investigation-of-two-plating-systems-for-medial-column-fusion-in-foot
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Paul Simons, Theresia Sommerer, Ivan Zderic, Dieter Wahl, Mark Lenz, Hristo Skulev, Matthias Knobe, Boyko Gueorguiev, R Geoff Richards, Kajetan Klos
BACKGROUND: Arthrodesis of the medial column (navicular, cuneiform I and metatarsal I) is performed for reasons such as Charcot arthropathy, arthritis, posttraumatic reconstruction or severe pes planus. However, the complication rate is still high and mainly resulting from inadequate fixation. Special plates, designed for medial column arthrodesis, seem to offer potential to reduce the complication rate. The aim of this study was to investigate biomechanically plantar and dorsomedial fusion of the medial column using two new plating systems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208087/morphomechanical-alterations-in-the-medial-gastrocnemius-muscle-in-patients-with-a-repaired-achilles-tendon-associations-with-outcome-measures
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Wei-Chen Peng, Yi-Ping Chang, Yuan-Hung Chao, S N Fu, Christer Rolf, Tiffany Tf Shih, Sheng-Chu Su, Hsing-Kuo Wang
BACKGROUND: Functional deficits are found in ankles that have sustained an Achilles rupture. This study sought to evaluate and compare the morphomechanical characteristics of the medial gastrocnemius muscle in the legs of participants within six months of a unilateral Achilles repair to determine any correlations between those characteristics and objective outcomes and self-reported functional levels. METHODS: Fifteen participants were assessed via measurements of muscle morphologies (fascicle length, pennation angle, and muscle thickness) in a resting state, the mechanical properties of the proximal aponeurosis of the medial gastrocnemius muscle, the pennation angle during ramping maximal voluntary isometric contractions (MVIC), the heel raise test, and the Taiwan Chinese version of the Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS-TC) questionnaire...
February 8, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207961/muscle-stiffness-of-posterior-lower-leg-in-runners-with-a-history-of-medial-tibial-stress-syndrome
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Junya Saeki, Masatoshi Nakamura, Sayaka Nakao, Kosuke Fujita, Ko Yanase, Noriaki Ichihashi
Previous history of medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) is a risk factor for MTSS relapse, which suggests that there might be some physical factors that are related to MTSS development in runners with a history of MTSS. The relationship between MTSS and muscle stiffness can be assessed in a cross-sectional study that measures muscle stiffness in subjects with a history of MTSS, who do not have pain at the time of measurement, and in those without a history of MTSS. The purpose of this study was to compare the shear elastic modulus, which is an index of muscle stiffness, of all posterior lower leg muscles of subjects with a history of MTSS and those with no history and investigate which muscles could be related to MTSS...
February 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192512/explosive-strength-and-endurance-adaptations-in-young-elite-soccer-players-during-two-soccer-seasons
#8
Riccardo Di Giminiani, Christiano Visca
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the explosive strength and endurance adaptations in young elite soccer players who underwent a supervised training program for a period of two years. Nineteen players, with seven years of training experience (age: 13.3 ± 0.1 years; body weight: 57.9 ± 4.9 kg; height: 168.9 ± 4.7 cm; BMI: 20.1 ± 1.1 kg/m2), voluntarily participated in the present study. The testing sessions were performed at the beginning of the preparation period in the first (T1), second (T2), and third year (T3)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185981/analysis-of-the-s2-alar-iliac-screw-as-compared-with-the-traditional-iliac-screw-does-it-increase-stability-with-sacroiliac-fixation-of-the-spine
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Daniel G Hoernschemeyer, Troy D Pashuck, Ferris M Pfeiffer
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Arthrodesis of the lumbosacral junction continues to be a challenge in pediatric and adult spinal deformity surgery. PURPOSE: To evaluate the biomechanical rigidity of two types of lumbosacral fixation. Our hypothesis was that the use of S2 alar-iliac (S2AI) fixation will result in statistically similar biomechanical fixation as compared with use of an iliac screw with a 95% confidence interval. STUDY SETTING: Controlled biomechanical laboratory METHODS: Ten human cadaveric lumbosacral specimens were separated into two test groups: (1) S2AI (n=5) and (2) iliac screw (n=5)...
February 6, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182970/reconstruction-of-human-swing-leg-motion-with-passive-biarticular-muscle-models
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Maziar Ahmad Sharbafi, Aida Mohammadi Nejad Rashty, Christian Rode, Andre Seyfarth
Template models, which are utilized to demonstrate general aspects in human locomotion, mostly investigate stance leg operation. The goal of this paper is presenting a new conceptual walking model benefiting from swing leg dynamics. Considering a double pendulum equipped with combinations of biarticular springs for the swing leg beside spring-mass (SLIP) model for the stance leg, a novel SLIP-based model, is proposed to explain human-like leg behavior in walking. The action of biarticular muscles in swing leg motion helps represent human walking features, like leg retraction, ground reaction force and generating symmetric walking patterns, in simulations...
February 6, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146582/mechanical-alterations-associated-with-repeated-treadmill-sprinting-under-heat-stress
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Olivier Girard, Franck Brocherie, Jean-Benoit Morin, Sébastien Racinais, Grégoire P Millet, Julien D Périard
PURPOSE: Examine the mechanical alterations associated with repeated treadmill sprinting performed in HOT (38°C) and CON (25°C) conditions. METHODS: Eleven recreationally active males performed a 30-min warm-up followed by three sets of five 5-s sprints with 25-s recovery and 3-min between sets in each environment. Constant-velocity running for 1-min at 10 and 20 km.h-1 was also performed prior to and following sprinting. RESULTS: Mean skin (37...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141525/e-o-a-brain-controlled-lower-limb-exoskeleton-for-rhesus-macaques
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Tristan Vouga, Katie Zhuang, Jeremy Olivier, Mikhail Lebedev, Miguel Nicolelis, Mohamed Bouri, Hannes Bleuler
Recent advances in the field of brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) have demonstrated enormous potential to shape the future of rehabilitation and prosthetic devices. Here, a lower-limb exoskeleton controlled by the intracortical activity of an awake, behaving rhesus macaque is presented as a proof-of-concept for a locomotor BMI. A detailed description of the mechanical device, including its innovative features and first experimental results, is provided. During operation, BMI-decoded position and velocity are directly mapped onto the bipedal exoskeleton's motions, which then move the monkey's legs as the monkey remains physically passive...
January 26, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129271/fatigue-failure-in-extra-articular-proximal-tibia-fractures-locking-intramedullary-nail-versus-double-locking-plates-a-biomechanical-study
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Utku Kandemir, Safa Herfat, Mary Herzog, Paul Viscogliosi, Murat Pekmezci
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study is to compare the fatigue strength of a locking intramedullary nail (LN) construct with a double locking plate (DLP) construct in comminuted proximal extra-articular tibia fractures. METHODS: Eight pairs of fresh frozen cadaveric tibias with low bone mineral density [age: 80 ± 7 (SD) years, T-score: -2.3 ± 1.2] were used. One tibia from each pair was fixed with LN, whereas the contralateral side was fixed with DLP for complex extra-articular multifragmentary metaphyseal fractures (simulating OTA 41-A3...
February 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118306/acute-effects-of-stretching-on-leg-and-vertical-stiffness-during-treadmill-running
#14
Panagiotis Pappas, Giorgos P Paradisis, Timothy A Exell, Athanasia Smirniotou, Charilaos Tsolakis, Adamantios Arampatzis
The implementation of static (SS) and dynamic (DS) stretching during warm-up routines produces significant changes in biological and functional properties of the human musculoskeletal system. These properties could affect the leg and vertical stiffness characteristics that are considered important factors for the success of athletic activities. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of SS and DS on selected kinematic variables, and leg and vertical stiffness during treadmill running. Fourteen males (age: 22...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104752/reduced-prosthetic-stiffness-lowers-the-metabolic-cost-of-running-for-athletes-with-bilateral-transtibial-amputations
#15
Owen N Beck, Paolo Taboga, Alena Marie Grabowski
Inspired by the spring-like action of biological legs, running-specific prostheses are designed to enable athletes with lower-limb amputations to run. Yet, manufacturer recommendations for prosthetic stiffness and height may not optimize running performance. Therefore, we investigated the effects of using different prosthetic configurations on the metabolic cost and biomechanics of running. Five athletes with bilateral transtibial amputations each performed fifteen trials on a force-measuring treadmill at 2...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095358/axial-and-torsional-stiffness-of-pediatric-prosthetic-feet
#16
Paolo Taboga, Alena M Grabowski
BACKGROUND: Prosthetic stiffness likely affects the walking biomechanics of toddlers and children with leg amputations, but the actual stiffness values for prostheses are not reported by manufacturers or in standardized testing procedures. AIM: We measured axial (kA) and torsional (kT) stiffness from four brands of pediatric prosthetic feet (Trulife, Kingsley Mfg. Co., TRS Incorporated, and College Park Industries) over a range of foot sizes. METHODS: We applied forces and torques onto prostheses with a materials testing machine that replicated those exhibited in vivo by using the kinetics measured from four non-amputee toddlers (2-3years) during walking...
January 5, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077859/benefits-of-whole-body-vibration-training-on-arterial-function-and-muscle-strength-in-young-overweight-obese-women
#17
Stacey Alvarez-Alvarado, Salvador J Jaime, Michael J Ormsbee, Jeremiah C Campbell, Joy Post, Jacob Pacilio, Arturo Figueroa
The early arterial dysfunction linked with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle heightens the likelihood of suffering from future cardiovascular events. Whole-body vibration training (WBVT) may improve systemic arterial stiffness (brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV)) and muscle strength in pre- and post-menopausal women. However, the effectiveness of WBVT to impact the arterial segments included in baPWV is unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of WBVT on aortic and leg arterial stiffness in young sedentary overweight/obese women...
January 12, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074153/effects-of-metabolic-syndrome-on-aortic-pulse-wave-velocity
#18
Dong-Hyeon Lee, Ho-Joong Youn, Woo-Baek Chung, Yun-Seok Choi, Jong-Min Lee, Chul-Soo Park, Hae-Ok Jung, Hui-Kyung Jeon, Man-Young Lee
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare the value and evaluate the validity of non-invasive methods for the detection of vascular stiffness in never-treated individuals with metabolic syndrome (MetS). METHODS: A total of 59 subjects (mean age, 60 ± 12 years; male:female = 35:24) were enrolled in the study and were categorized into the positive MetS (MetS[+]: N = 32) and negative group (MetS[-]: N = 27), according to the parameters set by the National Cholesterol Education Program's Adult Treatment Panel III...
2017: Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065687/restless-legs-syndrome-and-cardiovascular-disease-a-research-roadmap
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Daniel J Gottlieb, Virend K Somers, Naresh M Punjabi, John W Winkelman
In this paper, we first critically appraise the epidemiologic literature examining the association of restless legs syndrome (RLS) with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and then consider whether lessons learned from the study of cardiovascular consequences of other sleep disorders might inform a research agenda to examine the potential mechanisms of cardiovascular morbidity of RLS. Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies are both mixed as to whether there is a meaningful association of RLS and CVD. On the other hand, numerous cross-sectional and longitudinal observational studies have shown a strong association of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with CVD risk...
October 27, 2016: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059779/the-effect-of-leg-compliance-in-multi-directional-jumping-of-a-flea-inspired-mechanism
#20
Gwang-Pil Jung, Hong-Cheol Choi, Kyu-Jin Cho
Inspired by the relationship between leg compliance and jumping performance in the false stick insect, this paper describes how variations in leg compliance and jumping direction affect the performance of a flea-inspired jumping mechanism. The amount of energy lost during jumping was determined by examining the ratio of kinetic energy to input energy (also called conversion efficiency). Leg compliance is modeled based on the compliant mechanics to determine energy transfer during jumping and determined the optimum degree of leg compliance for maximizing performance...
February 10, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
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