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Clinical gait analysis

Deanna Gray-Miceli, Sarah J Ratcliffe, Arwin Thomasson, Patricia Quigley, Kang Li, William Craelius
BACKGROUND: Patients at greatest risk for fall-related injuries are older adults with orthostatic hypotension (OH), a condition which drops blood pressure. This study sought to determine salient demographic and patient-level factors increasing risk for OH among a sample of elderly fallers. METHODS: Data analysis for this retrospective study sought to assess the relationship between various demographic and clinical risk factors and the likelihood of OH. Because fallers could experience multiple falls, generalized estimating equations were used to account for patient-level correlations...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Patient Safety
Lívia R Teixeira, Stelio P L Luna, Lídia M Matsubara, Maria L B Cápua, Bianca P C R Santos, Luciane R Mesquita, Luis G Faria, Felipe S Agostinho, Anna Hielm-Björkman
OBJECTIVE To evaluate pain intensity and kinetic variables in dogs with hip dysplasia (HD) treated with acupuncture, carprofen, or a placebo. DESIGN Randomized, controlled clinical study. ANIMALS 54 HD-affected dogs and 16 healthy dogs. PROCEDURES Seven HD-affected dogs were removed from the study. Dogs with HD were treated in a blinded manner for 30 days with acupuncture (once weekly for 5 sessions; n = 15), carprofen (4.4 mg/kg [2.0 mg/lb], PO, q 24 h; n = 16), or placebo capsules containing lactose (1 mg/kg [0...
November 1, 2016: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Sook-Yee Chong, Oliver Röhrle
A satisfactorily fitted socket interacts dynamically with the stump in order to support body weight, transmit load effectively, enhance dynamic stability, and enable the control and stabilization of the residual limb. The internal dynamics occurring within a socket is important in determining optimal fit. Many measurement and imaging techniques, such as X-rays, have been utilized to investigate the movement of the residual femur within the stump during gait. However, due to associated health risks and costs, none of the current techniques have been extended to clinical prosthetics...
2016: PloS One
Eric C Honert, Karl E Zelik
INTRODUCTION: Inverse dynamics joint kinetics are often used to infer contributions from underlying groups of muscle-tendon units (MTUs). However, such interpretations are confounded by multiarticular (multi-joint) musculature, which can cause inverse dynamics to over- or under-estimate net MTU power. Misestimation of MTU power could lead to incorrect scientific conclusions, or to empirical estimates that misguide musculoskeletal simulations, assistive device designs, or clinical interventions...
2016: PloS One
Felix M Duerr, Alexandra Pauls, Chris Kawcak, Kevin Haussler, Gina Bertocci, Valerie Moorman, Melissa King
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of inertial measurement units (IMU) for quantification of canine limb kinematics. METHODS: Sixteen clinically healthy, medium-sized dogs were enrolled. Baseline kinematic data were acquired using an optical motion capture system. Following this baseline data acquisition, a harness system was used for attachment of IMU to the animals. Optical kinematic data of dogs with and without the harness were compared to evaluate the influence of the harness on gait parameters...
October 20, 2016: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
M Ohashi, T Hirano, K Watanabe, K Katsumi, H Shoji, A Sano, H Tashi, I Takahashi, M Wakasugi, Y Shibuya, N Endo
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective multicenter study. OBJECTIVES: To analyze the predictive factors for postoperative ambulatory recovery in paretic non-ambulatory patients with metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). SETTING: Japan. METHODS: Eighty-two consecutive patients (74.4% men; mean age, 66.2 years) who could not walk before surgery due to cervical or thoracic MSCC and underwent posterior decompressive surgery between 2003 and 2014 were included...
October 18, 2016: Spinal Cord
Rainer von Coelln, Lisa M Shulman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent studies on clinical, genetic and pathological heterogeneity of Parkinson disease have renewed the old debate whether we should think of Parkinson disease as one disease with variations, or as a group of independent diseases that happen to present with similar phenotypes. Here, we provide an overview of where the debate is coming from, and how recent findings in clinical subtyping, genetics and clinico-pathological correlation have shaped this controversy over the last few years...
October 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurology
Y Lee, D K Lee, J M Lee, S J Chung, J J Lee, Y H Sohn, P H Lee
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Although early cerebellar symptoms are one of the exclusive criteria in the diagnosis of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), cerebellar involvement in PSP is evident both clinically and pathologically. However, structural analysis focusing on the cerebellum has not been previously studied in patients with PSP. We aimed to evaluate cerebellar involvement in PSP using a magnetic resonance imaging-based segmental volumetric analysis. METHODS: We retrospectively enrolled 48 patients with PSP composed of 25 patients with PSP-Richardson's syndrome (RS) and 23 patients with pure akinesia with gait freezing, 39 patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and 34 healthy controls...
October 16, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Elizabeth Wellsandt, Ashutosh Khandha, Kurt Manal, Michael J Axe, Thomas S Buchanan, Lynn Snyder-Mackler
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury results in altered knee joint mechanics which frequently continue even after ACL reconstruction. The persistence of altered mechanical loading of the knee is of concern due to its likely role in the development of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (OA). Joint contact forces are associated with post-traumatic OA development, but evaluation of factors influencing the magnitude of contact forces after ACL injury is needed to advance current strategies aimed at preventing post-traumatic OA...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Michiel S Oerbekke, Mirelle J Stukstette, Kurt Schütte, Rob A de Bie, Martijn F Pisters, Benedicte Vanwanseele
BACKGROUND: The OpenGo seems promising to take gait analysis out of laboratory settings due to its capability of long-term measurements and mobility. However, the OpenGo's concurrent validity and reliability need to be assessed to determine if the instrument is suitable for validation in patient samples. METHODS: Twenty healthy volunteers participated. Center of pressure data were collected under eyes open and closed conditions with participants performing unilateral stance trials on the gold standard (AMTI OR6-7 force plate) while wearing the OpenGo...
October 6, 2016: Gait & Posture
Hsuan-Lun Lu, Tung-Wu Lu, Hsiu-Chen Lin, Hong-Jung Hsieh, Wing P Chan
Treadmills are often used in clinical settings to improve walking balance control in patients with gait impairments. However, knowledge of the effects of belt speed on balance control remains incomplete. The current study determined such effects in terms of inclination angles (IA) and the rate of change (RCIA) of the center of mass (COM) motion relative to the center of pressure (COP) in twelve healthy adults at five belt speeds, including the subjects' preferred walking speed (PWS), as measured using a motion capture system and an instrumented treadmill...
September 29, 2016: Gait & Posture
Mariano Serrao, Martina Rinaldi, Alberto Ranavolo, Francesco Lacquaniti, Giovanni Martino, Luca Leonardi, Carmela Conte, Tiwana Varrecchia, Francesco Draicchio, Gianluca Coppola, Carlo Casali, Francesco Pierelli
BACKGROUND: Spastic gait is a key feature in patients with hereditary spastic paraparesis, but the gait characterization and the relationship between the gait impairment and clinical characteristics have not been investigated. OBJECTIVES: To describe the gait patterns in hereditary spastic paraparesis and to identify subgroups of patients according to specific kinematic features of walking. METHODS: We evaluated fifty patients by computerized gait analysis and compared them to healthy participants...
2016: PloS One
E N Barker, L J Dawson, J H Rose, S Van Meervenne, O Frykman, C Rohdin, A Leijon, K E Soerensen, J Järnegren, G C Johnson, D P O'Brien, N Granger
BACKGROUND: Neurodegenerative diseases are a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by loss of neurons and are commonly associated with a genetic mutation. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To characterize the clinical and histopathological features of a novel degenerative neurological disease affecting the brain of young adult Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (NSDTRs). ANIMALS: Nine, young adult, related NSDTRs were evaluated for neurological dysfunction and rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder...
September 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Simona Ferrante, Noelia Chia Bejarano, Emilia Ambrosini, Antonio Nardone, Anna M Turcato, Marco Monticone, Giancarlo Ferrigno, Alessandra Pedrocchi
It has been largely suggested in neuroscience literature that to generate a vast variety of movements, the Central Nervous System (CNS) recruits a reduced set of coordinated patterns of muscle activities, defined as muscle synergies. Recent neurophysiological studies have recommended the analysis of muscle synergies to finely assess the patient's impairment, to design personalized interventions based on the specific nature of the impairment, and to evaluate the treatment outcomes. In this scope, the aim of this study was to design a personalized multi-channel functional electrical stimulation (FES) controller for gait training, integrating three novel aspects: (1) the FES strategy was based on healthy muscle synergies in order to mimic the neural solutions adopted by the CNS to generate locomotion; (2) the FES strategy was personalized according to an initial locomotion assessment of the patient and was designed to specifically activate the impaired biomechanical functions; (3) the FES strategy was mapped accurately on the altered gait kinematics providing a maximal synchronization between patient's volitional gait and stimulation patterns...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Erika Pedreira da Fonseca, Nildo Manoel Ribeiro da Silva, Elen Beatriz Pinto
OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to check the therapeutic effect of virtual reality associated with conventional physiotherapy on gait balance and the occurrence of falls after a stroke. METHODS: This was a randomized, blinded clinical trial conducted with post-stroke patients, randomized into two groups-treatment group and control group-and subjected to balance assessments by the Dynamic Gait Index and investigation of falls before and after 20 intervention sessions...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
N Lou, C-H Chi, X-D Chen, C-J Zhou, S-L Wang, C-L Zhuang, X Shen
BACKGROUND: Sarcopenia is a syndrome characterized by progressive and generalized loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength. This study aims to explore the prevalence of sarcopenia in overweight and obese gastric cancer (GC) patients and figured out the impacts of sarcopenia on the postoperative complication of overweight and obese GC patients. METHODS: According to the recommended body-mass index (BMI) for Asian populations by WHO, we conducted a prospective study of overweight and obese gastric cancer patients (BMI ≥ 23 kg/m(2)) under curative gastrectomy from August 2014 to December 2015...
September 17, 2016: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Masataka Fukuoka, Ichiro Kuki, Hisashi Kawawaki, Kiyohiro Kim, Yuka Hattori, Hitomi Tsuji, Asako Horino, Megumi Nukui, Shin Okazaki
An 11-year-old boy presented with progressive leg hypesthesia but no history of trauma. Dysuria and constipation appeared subsequent to gait difficulty. He was admitted 8days after onset. Spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed longitudinal hyperintensity with cord swelling and hypointensity on T2-weighted images, suggesting severe inflammation and microbleeding change, respectively. Gadolinium contrast-enhanced MRI demonstrated mild enhancement in the lesions. Platelet count and coagulation findings were normal, and cerebrospinal fluid analysis showed no pleocytosis...
September 26, 2016: Brain & Development
Mette Slot Nielsen, Andreas Nørgaard Glud, Arne Møller, Poul Mogensen, Dirk Bender, Jens Christian Sørensen, Doris Doudet, Carsten Reidies Bjarkam
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder, resulting from progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc). Neuroprotective therapies in PD are still not available, perhaps because animal models do not imitate the chronic and progressive nature of the clinical state of PD. To address this, we performed a feasibility study aimed at establishing a chronic non-primate large animal PD model in Göttingen minipigs based on continuous infusion of the neurotoxin 1-methyl-4-phenyl‑1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)...
2016: Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis
Alessandra Swarowsky, Samanta Rattis Canterle Bez Fontana, Mariana Palla Santos, Bruna Adriana Da Silva, Gessyca Spagnuolo, Angélica Cristiane Ovando, Jocemar Ilha
PURPOSE: The PROFILE PD scale was developed specifically to evaluate patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) within the context of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, directly applied to physical therapy practice. The study aimed to translate and cross-culturally adapt the PROFILE PD scale to Portuguese-Brazil, and to analyze its psychometric domains. METHODS: Fifty participants with PD participated in the study. We assessed the clarity of the Brazilian version of the scale by physiotherapists, presence of floor and ceiling effects, interrater and test-retest reliabilities, in addition to discriminant, concurrent (UPDRS) and construct validity, internal consistence, minimal detectable change (MDC), and responsiveness...
August 16, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
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