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Melkamu Adeb, Daichi Hayashi, Yogesh Kumar
BACKGROUND: Kirner's deformity is a rare bony deformity that is characterized by radial and volar curvature of the distal phalanx of the fifth finger. Affected patients usually present after the age of 5 years, with girls more affected than boys and bilateral involvement more common than unilateral. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of an eight-year-old girl who presented with progressive deformity of the right little finger. Radiographic evaluation revealed volar and radial curvature of the distal phalanx of the right fifth digit...
October 21, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Faisal R Jahangiri, Sami Al Eissa, Samir Sayegh, Fahad Al Helal, Shomoukh A Al-Sharif, Monerah M Annaim, Sheryar Muhammad, Tanweer Aziz
A 16-year-old male patient with Ehler-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and a back deformity since birth presented with severe kyphoscoliosis. The patient was neurologically intact but had respiratory and cardiac insufficiencies. A two-stage vertebral column resection (VCR) at T9-T10 with multiple level fusion with multimodality intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) was planned.  During the first stage, pedicle screws were placed at multiple spinal levels above and below the VCR level. Upper and lower somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEP), transcranial electrical motor evoked potentials (TCeMEP), and electromyography were monitored continuously and showed no significant changes...
August 31, 2016: Curēus
Meta N Eek, Kate Himmelmann
Spasticity and muscle weakness is common in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Spasticity can be treated with botulinum neurotoxin-A (BoNT-A), but this drug has also been reported to induce muscle weakness. Our purpose was to describe the effect on muscle strength in the lower extremities after BoNT-A injections in children with CP. A secondary aim was to relate the effect of BoNT-A to gait pattern and range of motion. Twenty children with spastic CP were included in the study, 8 girls and 12 boys (mean age 7...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Mari Hayashi, Kento Shionoya, Shogo Hayashi, Naoyuki Hatayama, Shinichi Kawata, Ning Qu, Shuichi Hirai, Hidenobu Miyaso, Masahiro Itoh
The musculocutaneous nerve innervates the brachial flexors; i.e., the coracobrachialis, biceps brachii, and brachialis. The musculocutaneous and median nerve sometimes share a communicating branch and also muscular branches to brachial flexors are sometimes transposed to median nerve. Because these variations constitute a potentially important clinical and surgical issue, we evaluated 130 upper limbs of 65 cadavers and 184 cases of musculocutaneous and median nerve variations in the literature and devised a novel system of classification that covers each pattern of variation...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
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
Yunus Dogramaci, Ibrahim Gökhan Duman
BACKGROUND: Human amniotic membrane is used to prevent peritendinous adhesions after tendon injuries. This study compares the mechanical properties of modified Kessler repairs and modified Kessler repairs strengthened using multiple layers of human amniotic membrane. METHODS: Twenty flexor digitorum profundus tendons of sheep forelimbs were sutured by the two-strand modified Kessler technique (group A) and by the two-strand modified Kessler repair reinforced with multiple layers of human amniotic membrane (group B)...
September 2, 2016: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
M Lu, D S Fan
Objective: To investigate whether or not the involvement degree of extensor and flexor muscles in patients with Kennedy's Disease (KD) was different by measuring the diameter of biceps and triceps brachii muscles using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Methods: All the subjects were outpatients or hospitalized patients from Department of Neurology, the Third Hospital of Peking University, 2011-2015. Subjects included 30 KD patients and 30 amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. The right upper arms of all subjects were examined by muscle MRI...
October 11, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Andrew M Murray, Thomas W Jones, Cosmin Horobeanu, Anthony P Turner, John Sproule
BACKGROUND: Physiotherapists and other practitioners commonly prescribe foam rolling as an intervention, but the mechanistic effects of this intervention are not known. PURPOSE: The aim of this investigation was to establish if a single bout of foam rolling affects flexibility, skeletal muscle contractility and reflected temperature. METHODS: Twelve adolescent male squash players were evaluated on two separate occasions (treatment and control visits) and were tested on both legs for flexibility of the hip flexors and quadriceps, muscle contractility (as measured by tensiomyography) and temperature of the quadriceps (assessed via thermography) at repeated time points pre- and post a 60s rolling intervention (pre-, immediately post, 5, 10, 15, and 30 minutes post)...
October 2016: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
Teresa E Flaxman, Tine Alkjær, Erik B Simonsen, Michael R Krogsgaard, Daniel L Benoit
INTRODUCTION: Knee muscles are commonly labelled as flexors or extensors and aptly stabilize the knee against sagittal plane loads. However, how these muscles stabilize the knee against adduction-abduction and rotational loads remains unclear. Our study sought to: (1) classify muscle roles as they relate to joint stability by quantifying the relationship between individual muscle activation patterns and internal net joint moments in all three loading planes, and (2) determine if these roles change with increasing force levels...
October 14, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Eric D Ryan, Brennan J Thompson, Eric J Sobolewski
OBJECTIVE: The present study examined the influence of workplace manual labor on measures of muscular fitness, with a secondary aim to investigate the relationship between muscular fitness and work performance in blue-collar (BC) workers. METHODS: Leg extension isokinetic strength at slow and fast velocities, hamstring and hip-flexor flexibility, and low back muscular endurance were examined in young and older BC workers and white-collar (WC) controls, while work performance was examined in the BC cohort...
October 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Yasuhide Yoshitake, Hiroaki Kanehisa, Minoru Shinohara
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine the modulation of common low-frequency oscillations in pools of motor units across antagonistic muscles due to the difference in the activation level of pools of spinal motor neurons and the presence of neuromuscular fatigue during intended co-contraction. METHODS: Ten healthy young men (21.8 ± 1.5 yr) performed intended steady co-contractions of elbow flexors and extensors at maximal and a submaximal (10% of maximal electromyogram, EMG) effort...
October 6, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Alexandra Scharf, Shannon P Holmes, Merrilee Thoresen, Jennifer Mumaw, Alaina Stumpf, John Peroni
Ultrasound-guided intralesional injection of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is held as the benchmark for cell delivery in tendonitis. The primary objective of this study was to investigate the immediate cell distribution following intralesional injection of MSCs. Unilateral superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) lesions were created in the forelimb of six horses and injected with 10 × 10(6) MSCs labeled with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIOs) under ultrasound guidance. Assays were performed to confirm that there were no significant changes in cell viability, proliferation, migration, or trilineage differentiation due to the presence of SPIOs...
2016: Stem Cells International
Xudong Miao, Yongping Wu, Huimin Tao, Disheng Yang, Lu Huang
BACKGROUND: Transfer of a flexor hallucis longus (FHL) tendon can not only reconstruct the Achilles tendon but also provide ischemic tendinous tissues with a rich blood supply to enhance wound healing. This retrospective study aims to investigate clinical outcomes in patients who underwent repair of Kuwada grade IV chronic Achilles tendon rupture with long hallucis longus tendons harvested using a minimally invasive technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 35 patients who were treated for Kuwada grade IV Achilles tendon injuries from July 2006 to June 2011 were included in this retrospective study...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
Jae W Chung, Edward Ofori, Gaurav Misra, Christopher W Hess, David E Vaillancourt
: Accurate motor performance may depend on the scaling of distinct oscillatory activity within the motor cortex and effective neural communication between the motor cortex and other brain areas. Oscillatory activity within the beta-band (13-30Hz) has been suggested to provide distinct functional roles for attention and sensorimotor control, yet it remains unclear how beta-band and other oscillatory activity within and between cortical regions is coordinated to enhance motor performance...
October 13, 2016: NeuroImage
Jimmy Tat, Aaron M Kociolek, Peter J Keir
The most common finding in carpal tunnel syndrome is fibrosis and thickening of the subsynovial connective tissue (SSCT). While the SSCT mediates tendon gliding in the carpal tunnel, this histopathology suggests excessive shear forces are involved in injury development. Ultrasound is often used to quantify relative motion between the finger flexor tendons and SSCT as an indirect measure of "shear-strain"; however, the underlying mechanical implications of using ultrasound are not well understood. The middle flexor digitorum superficialis (FDS) tendon of 8 cadavers was moved in a combination of 2 wrist postures (neutral, flexed), 3 velocities (5, 10, 15cm/s), and 3 forces (10, 20, 30N) to assess ultrasound-based FDS-SSCT relative displacement while simultaneously quantifying tendon frictional work in the carpal tunnel...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
F G Usuelli, C A Di Silvestri, R D'Ambrosi, C Maccario, E W Tan
PURPOSE: Medial displacement calcaneal osteotomy with flexor digitorum longus transfer is a common treatment for the management of the adult flatfoot associated with posterior tibial tendon dysfunction. In the literature, there is a paucity of information regarding the ability of patients to return to sport and recreational activities after this surgical procedure. The purpose of this retrospective clinical study was to assess the rate and type of athletic activities that patients participated in before and after medial displacement calcaneal osteotomy with flexor digitorum longus transfer...
October 15, 2016: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Pinar Akpinar, Arzu Atici, Feyza U Ozkan, Ilknur Aktas, Duygu G Kulcu, Kubra Neslihan Kurt
OBJECTIVE: To assess the reliability of the Spinal Cord Assessment Tool for Spastic Reflexes (SCATS). DESIGN: Observational reliability study of the SCATS . SETTING: Inpatient rehabilitation unit at an education and research hospital. PARTICIPANTS: This study included 47 subjects between the ages of 18 and 88 years with spinal cord injury, American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) impairment scale grades from A to D with spasticity, and at least 6 months post injury...
October 12, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Gülsenay Citirak, Sanja Cejvanovic, Henning Andersen, John Vissing
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this observational, cross-sectional study was to quantify the potential presence of muscle weakness among patients with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). The influence of gender, treatment intensity and disease duration on muscle strength and disease progression was also assessed. METHODS: Muscle strength was tested in 8 muscle groups by manual muscle testing and by hand-held dynamometry in 107 patients with gMG and 89 healthy age- and gender-matched controls...
2016: PloS One
Wouter J Harmsen, Gerard M Ribbers, Bart Zegers, Emiel M Sneekes, Stephan F E Praet, Majanka H Heijenbrok-Kal, Ladbon Khajeh, Fop van Kooten, Sebastiaan J C M M Neggers, Rita J van den Berg-Emons
Patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (a-SAH) show long-term fatigue and face difficulties in resuming daily physical activities. Impaired muscle strength, especially of the lower extremity, impacts the performance of daily activities and may trigger the onset of fatigue complaints. The present study evaluated knee muscle strength and fatigue in patients with a-SAH. This study included 33 patients, 6 months after a-SAH, and 33 sex-matched and age-matched healthy controls. Isokinetic muscle strength of the knee extensors and flexors was measured at 60 and 180°/s...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
J-D Werthel, M Cortez, B T Elhassan
: Stenosing tenosynovitis or trigger finger is one of the most common disorders that affect the flexor tendon apparatus of the hand. Percutaneous release has been previously reported to be easier, quicker, less invasive and less costly than open surgery. The purpose of this study was to report the outcome of an alternative percutaneous trigger finger release technique. From March 2008 to January 2014, 92 patients (128 fingers) who underwent the alternative percutaneous trigger finger release, with a minimum of 6 months follow-up were included...
June 2016: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
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