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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919312/the-combined-effects-of-adaptive-control-and-virtual-reality-on-robot-assisted-fine-hand-motion-rehabilitation-in-chronic-stroke-patients-a-case-study
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Xianwei Huang, Fazel Naghdy, Golshah Naghdy, Haiping Du, Catherine Todd
Robot-assisted therapy is regarded as an effective and reliable method for the delivery of highly repetitive training that is needed to trigger neuroplasticity following a stroke. However, the lack of fully adaptive assist-as-needed control of the robotic devices and an inadequate immersive virtual environment that can promote active participation during training are obstacles hindering the achievement of better training results with fewer training sessions required. This study thus focuses on these research gaps by combining these 2 key components into a rehabilitation system, with special attention on the rehabilitation of fine hand motion skills...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918664/outcomes-of-surface-replacement-proximal-interphalangeal-joint-arthroplasty-using-the-self-locking-finger-joint-implant-minimum-two-years-follow-up
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Issei Komatsu, Yoshiya Arishima, Hirotomo Shibahashi, Toshihito Yamaguchi, Yoshitaka Minamikawa
BACKGROUND: The Self Locking Finger Joint (SLFJ) implant is a new type of surface replacement implant. The purpose of this study was to evaluate midterm clinical outcomes of the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) arthroplasty with the SLFJ implant. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 26 PIP joint arthroplasties using the SLFJ implant in 17 patients with osteoarthritis or posttraumatic osteoarthritis. Preoperative and postoperative range of motion, grip strength and key pinch, radiographic findings, and complications were evaluated...
September 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917547/growth-of-the-new-thumb-metacarpal-after-pollicization-for-thumb-hypoplasia
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Michael A Tonkin, Nathan D Trist, Dirk J van der Spuy, Albert Yoon, Harvinder P Singh, Richard D Lawson
PURPOSE: To investigate the radiographic length and width of the new thumb metacarpal in relation to the middle finger proximal phalanx; to assess the incidence of premature physeal closure of the new metacarpal; and to consider whether there is a relationship between growth characteristics and the presence of union or nonunion of the new trapezium to the retained index finger metacarpal base. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty pollicizations were assessed with preoperative or immediate postoperative radiographs and follow-up radiographs to establish the growth characteristics of the new thumb metacarpal...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906449/facile-preparation-of-a-robust-and-durable-superhydrophobic-coating-using-biodegradable-lignin-coated-cellulose-nanocrystal-particles
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Jingda Huang, Siqun Wang, Shaoyi Lyu
It is a challenge for a superhydrophobic coating to overcome the poor robustness and the rough surface structure that is usually built using inorganic particles that are difficult to degrade. In this study, a robust superhydrophobic coating is facilely prepared by using commercial biodegradable lignin-coated cellulose nanocrystal (L-CNC) particles after hydrophobic modification to build rough surface structures, and by choosing two different adhesives (double-sided tape and quick-setting epoxy) to support adhesion between the L-CNC particles and the substrates...
September 14, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902098/repair-of-the-thumb-ulnar-collateral-ligament-with-suture-tape-augmentation
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Anthony F De Giacomo, Steven S Shin
One of the most commonly injured structures of the thumb metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint is the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). An acute injury of this ligament is often amenable to primary repair. Despite the favorable outcomes of primary repair, the thumb is often restricted during initial healing of the ligament with immobilization and delayed rehabilitation. We present a novel technique to augment the repair of the UCL with suture tape to provide immediate biomechanical support and strength during the critical time of ligament healing...
September 8, 2017: Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901818/brachialis-muscle-transfer-for-reconstructing-digital-flexion-after-brachial-plexus-injury-or-forearm-injury
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Yun-Dong Shen, Mou-Xiong Zheng, Xu-Yun Hua, Yan-Qun Qiu, Ke-Jia Hu, Wen-Dong Xu
Restoration of digital flexion after brachial plexus injury or forearm injury has been a great challenge for hand surgeons. Nerve transfer and forearm donor muscle transfer surgeries are not always feasible. The present study aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of restoring digital flexion by brachialis muscle transfer. Ten lower brachial plexus- or forearm-injured patients were enrolled. After at least 12 months following surgery, the middle-finger-to-palm distance was less than 2.5 cm in six patients...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900671/-wrist-arthrodesis-with-a%C3%A2-fixed-angle-low-profile-fusion-plate-without-carpometacarpal-joint-fixation
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REVIEW
S Köhler, K Koch, A Arsalan-Werner, I M Mehling, J Seegmüller, H Krimmer, Michael Sauerbier
OBJECTIVE: Total wrist arthrodesis to improve functional use of the hand by reducing pain and increasing grip strength. INDICATIONS: Painful destruction of the radio- and midcarpal joints. CONTRAINDICATIONS: Analgesia and satisfactory hand function after motion-preserving surgical or conservative treatment. Chronic joint infection. SURGICAL TECHNIQUE: Posterior approach to the wrist. Removal of articular surfaces destroyed all the way down to cancellous bone...
September 12, 2017: Operative Orthopädie und Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878461/comparison-of-physical-activities-of-female-football-players-in-junior-high-school-and-high-school
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Yuri Inoue, Yoshitaka Otani, Seiichi Takemasa
[Purpose] This study aimed to compare physical activities between junior high school and high school female football players in order to explain the factors that predispose to a higher incidence of sports injuries in high school female football players. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty-nine female football players participated. Finger floor distance, the center of pressure during single limb stance with eyes open and closed, the 40-m linear sprint time, hip abduction and extension muscle strength and isokinetic knee flexion and extension peak torque were measured...
August 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877547/comparing-excitability-at-37%C3%A2-c-with-20%C3%A2-c-differences-between-motor-and-sensory-axons
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Maria O Kovalchuk, Hessel Franssen, Leonard van Schelven, Boudewijn T H M Sleutjes
INTRODUCTION: In some peripheral nervous system disorders cold induces symptoms of muscle weakness without loss of sensation. To understand this selective effect on motor function, it is first necessary to delineate the effects of cooling in motor and sensory axons of healthy subjects. METHODS: In 17 healthy volunteers, we performed excitability and clinical tests of median nerve motor and sensory axons at 37°C and 20°C. Clinical tests consisted of assessing thenar muscle strength, 2-point discrimination and joint position sense of the 3(rd) finger...
September 6, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875868/nutrient-intake-and-dietary-changes-during-a-2-year-multi-domain-lifestyle-intervention-among-older-adults-secondary-analysis-of-the-finnish-geriatric-intervention-study-to-prevent-cognitive-impairment-and-disability-finger-randomised-controlled-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Jenni Lehtisalo, Tiia Ngandu, Päivi Valve, Riitta Antikainen, Tiina Laatikainen, Timo Strandberg, Hilkka Soininen, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Miia Kivipelto, Jaana Lindström
Advancing age increases the risk for diseases and health concerns like cognitive decline, constituting a major public health challenge. Lifestyle, especially healthy diet, affects many risk factors related to chronic diseases, and thus lifestyle interventions among older adults may be beneficial in promoting successful ageing. We completed a randomised 2-year multi-domain lifestyle intervention trial aiming at prevention of cognitive decline among 631 participants in the intervention and 629 in the control group, aged 60-77 years at baseline...
August 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868907/new-device-for-intrinsic-hand-muscle-strength-measurement-an-alternative-to-strain-gauge-handheld-dynamometer
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Jagannathan Madhanagopal, Om Prakash Singh, Vikram Mohan, Kathiresan V Sathasivam, Abdul Hafidz Omar, Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Kadir
An accurate measurement of intrinsic hand muscle strength (IHMS) is required by clinicians for effective clinical decision-making, diagnosis of certain diseases, and evaluation of the outcome of treatment. In practice, the clinicians use Intrins-o-meter and Rotterdam Intrinsic Hand Myometer for IHMS measurement. These are quite bulky, expensive, and possess poor interobserver reliability (37-52%) and sensitivity. The purpose of this study was to develop an alternative lightweight, accurate, cost-effective force measurement device with a simple electronic circuit and test its suitability for IHMS measurement...
January 1, 2017: Evaluation & the Health Professions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835192/the-effect-of-adding-active-flexion-to-modified-kleinert-regime-on-outcomes-for-zone-1-to-3-flexor-tendon-repairs-a-prospective-randomized-trial
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István Zoltán Rigó, Jan-Ragnar Haugstvedt, Magne Røkkum
In a prospective randomized study, we studied whether adding active flexion to a modified Kleinert regime changed outcomes of flexor tendon repairs in zone 1, 2 and 3 in 73 fingers (53 patients). Evaluation included active range of finger motion, grip and pinch strengths. Twelve months after surgery, the increase in range of active finger motion after adding active flexion was insignificant compared with that with the modified Kleinert regime. According to the Strickland criteria, 20 out of 29 fingers had excellent or good recovery after adding active flexion, as did 28 out of 34 fingers with the modified Kleinert regime; we could not detect significant improvement of the good and excellent rate...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833746/a-tug-of-war-antagonistic-effective-connectivity-patterns-over-the-motor-cortex-and-the-severity-of-motor-symptoms-in-gilles-de-la-tourette-syndrome
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Laura Zapparoli, Marco Tettamanti, Mauro Porta, Alberto Zerbi, Domenico Servello, Giuseppe Banfi, Eraldo Paulesu
We tested the hypothesis that Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (GTS) is characterized by perturbed connectivity within cortico-subcortical motor networks. To this end, we performed a dynamic causal modelling (DCM) analysis of fMRI data collected during a finger opposition task in 24 normal controls and 24 GTS patients. The DCM analysis allowed us to assess whether any GTS-specific patterns of brain activity were related to intrinsic and/or to task-dependent connectivity. While no abnormalities were found for task-dependent connectivity, intrinsic connectivity was abnormally increased in the premotor network, with stronger connections from the supplementary motor area (SMA), from the dorsolateral premotor cortex and from the putamen to the right superior frontal gyrus, an area where GTS showed over-activation in a previous univariate analysis...
August 22, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832206/closed-partial-flexor-digitorum-profundus-rupture-an-unusual-cause-of-pediatric-trigger-finger
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Shane R Jackson, Meily Tan, Kim O Taylor
BACKGROUND: Trigger finger is a common condition, causing impaired gliding of the digital flexor tendons. Chronic inflammation is the usual cause, but acute trigger finger following partial tendon laceration has also been described. METHODS: We describe the case of a four year old girl who presented with inability to flex her index finger. Operative exploration revealed a closed partial rupture of the flexor digitorum profundus tendon, catching on the A2 pulley and preventing normal tendon gliding...
September 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818412/are-extramedian-symptoms-associated-with-peripheral-causes-in-patient-with-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-electrodiagnostic-and-ultrasonographic-study
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Basak Mansiz-Kaplan, Merve Akdeniz-Leblecicier, Ilker Yagci
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between extramedian spreading of sensorial symptoms and median and ulnar nerve cross-sectional area (CSA) and to compare the ultrasonographic and electrophysiological findings in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) with or without extramedian sensory symptoms. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with CTS were divided into two groups as with or without extramedian symptoms and were assessed clinically, electrophysiologically and ultrasonographically by three blind investigators...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813815/how-do-strength-and-coordination-recovery-interact-after-stroke-a-computational-model-for-informing-robotic-training
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Sumner L Norman, Joan Lobo-Prat, David J Reinkensmeyer
Robotic devices can train strength, coordination, or a combination of both. If a robotic device focuses on coordination, what happens to strength recovery, and vice versa? Understanding this interaction could help optimize robotic training. We developed a computational neurorehabilitation model to gain insight into the interaction between strength and coordination recovery after stroke. In the model, the motor system recovers by optimizing the activity of residual corticospinal cells (focally connected, excitatory and inhibitory) and reticulospinal cells (diffusely connected and excitatory) to achieve a motor task...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809628/-the-effect-of-activation-of-the-shoulder-girdle-muscles-on-functional-outcomes-of-rehabilitation-in-patients-with-surgically-treated-distal-radius-fractures
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V Jančíková, J Opavský, P Dráč, A Krobot, I Čižmář
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY The aim of the study was to assess the functional outcomes of rehabilitation in patients with surgically treated distal radius fractures in the early postoperative period. We compared the functional outcomes of patients undergoing standard rehabilitation with the group of patients whose postoperative rehabilitation was extended with shoulder girdle exercises of the affected upper limb while the wrist was immobilized. Several indices and variables were used for the assessment of the functional therapeutic outcomes of the affected wrist...
2017: Acta Chirurgiae Orthopaedicae et Traumatologiae Cechoslovaca
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807213/turkey-model-for-flexor-tendon-research-in%C3%A2-vitro-comparison-of-human-canine-turkey-and-chicken-tendons
#18
Assaf Kadar, Andrew R Thoreson, Ramona L Reisdorf, Peter C Amadio, Steven L Moran, Chunfeng Zhao
BACKGROUND: Flexor tendon injuries are one of the most common hand injuries and remain clinically challenging for functional restoration. Canine and chicken have been the most commonly used animal models for flexor tendon-related research but possess several disadvantages. The purpose of this study was to explore a potential turkey model for flexor tendon research. METHODS: The third digit from human cadaveric hands, canine forepaws, turkey foot, and chicken foot were used for this study...
August 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806827/-functional-outcome-following-high-pressure-injection-injuries-of-the-hand
#19
Florian Neubrech, Christian A Radu, David Pauli, Berthold Bickert, Ulrich Kneser, Leila Harhaus
Background High-pressure injection injuries are devastating injuries that often lead to an amputation of the primarily affected finger. The available literature mainly focuses on amputation rates, while there is a lack of knowledge regarding functional results. Patients and Methods Between 1998 and 2016, 47 cases of high-pressure injection injuries of the hand were registered in our department. Out of these, data of 26 patients, all men with an average age of 42 (18-62) years, were included in a retrospective follow-up examination after 4 (1-12) years...
August 2017: Handchirurgie, Mikrochirurgie, Plastische Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803535/robotic-assistance-for-training-finger-movement-using-a-hebbian-model-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Justin B Rowe, Vicky Chan, Morgan L Ingemanson, Steven C Cramer, Eric T Wolbrecht, David J Reinkensmeyer
BACKGROUND: Robots that physically assist movement are increasingly used in rehabilitation therapy after stroke, yet some studies suggest robotic assistance discourages effort and reduces motor learning. OBJECTIVE: To determine the therapeutic effects of high and low levels of robotic assistance during finger training. METHODS: We designed a protocol that varied the amount of robotic assistance while controlling the number, amplitude, and exerted effort of training movements...
August 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
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