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Colin M Bosma, Nashwa Mansoor, Chiara S Haller
OBJECTIVE: The present study investigated the relationship between Post-traumatic stress (PTS) symptom severity and Health-related Quality of Life (HRQoL) after severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). DESIGN: Longitudinal prospective multi-center, cohort study on severe TBI in Switzerland (2007-2011). Injury severity was determined using the Abbreviated Injury Score of the Head region (HAIS), following clinical assessment and initial computed tomography (CT). SETTING: Baseline data was gathered at time/location of the accident...
March 12, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Tao Jiang, Lin Jiang, Jun-de Shi, Yong-Ge Jiang, Du-Liang Liu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the treatment skill and clinical effect of bone setting manipulation in treating proximal humeral fracture with shoulder dislocation. METHODS: From January 2015 to December 2015, 118 cases of proximal humeral fractures with shoulder joint dislocation were treated by bone setting reduction and fixation with adhesive tape or Kirschner wire after reduction, including 56 males and 62 females with an average age of 61 years old ranging from 48 to 88 years old...
February 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Maryam Maleki, Samaneh Badri, Hamed Shayestehepour, Mokhtar Arazpour, Farzam Farahmand, Mohamad Ebrahim Mousavi, Ehsan Abdolahi, Hasan Farkhondeh, John S Head, Navid Golchin, Mohammad Ali Mardani
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the performance of an original powered foot clearance creator (PFCC) mechanism worn in conjunction with an isocentric reciprocal gait orthosis (IRGO) and evaluate its effect on trunk compensatory movements and spatiotemporal parameters in nine healthy subjects. METHOD: A PFCC motorized mechanism was designed that incorporated twin sole plates, the movements of which enabled increased toe to floor clearance during swing phase...
March 12, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Sung Ho Jang, Younghyeon Kwon
RATIONALE: A 45-year-old right-handed female patient suffered head trauma after being hit by a truck that ran into a house. PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient lost consciousness for 1 hour and experienced posttraumatic amnesia for 1 month after the accident. DIAGNOSES: She underwent conservative management for a subdural hematoma in the left frontotemporal lobes and intracerebral hematoma in the left frontal lobe. INTERVENTIONS: The patient's Glasgow Coma Scale score was 11...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Laneita Freeman Williamson, Donald D Kautz
PURPOSE: This clinical article explores how trauma-informed care (TIC) can be used by rehabilitation nurses with patients who have experienced pervasive adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). METHOD (INTERVENTION STRATEGIES): This clinical article gives suggestions for using the five guiding principles of TIC: safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment, as the best clinical practice. CONCLUSION: Implementing TIC promotes successful rehabilitation, improves patient outcomes, and reduces costs...
March 2018: Rehabilitation Nursing: the Official Journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
A S Lapchenko, A G Kucherov, R Ya Order, A A Lapchenko
The objective of the present study was the enhancement of the effectiveness of the treatment of the consequences of the gunshot wounds and mine-blast injuries inflicted to the face, head, and neck encountered in the otolaryngological practice as well as the prevention of the formation of the large demarcation areas in the injured tissues and the preparation of these tissues for the further restorative treatment. Anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory photodynamic therapy (PDT) as well as light-emitting-diode (LED) phototherapy were carried out in 20 patients who suffered gunshot wounds and mine-blast injuries to the face, head, and neck...
2018: Vestnik Otorinolaringologii
Lasse Lempainen, Jussi Kosola, Ricard Pruna, Jordi Puigdellivol, Janne Sarimo, Pekka Niemi, Sakari Orava
Background: As compared with injuries involving muscle only, those involving the central hamstring tendon have a worse prognosis. Limited information is available regarding the surgical treatment of central tendon injuries of the hamstrings. Purpose: To describe the operative treatment and outcomes of central tendon injuries of the hamstrings among athletes. Study Design: Case series; Level of evidence, 4. Methods: Eight athletes (6 top level, 2 recreational) with central hamstring tendon injuries underwent magnetic resonance imaging and surgical treatment...
February 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Louise Kollander Jakobsen, Jacob Madsen, Maria Terase F Simonsen, Søren Kjærgaard
A six-month-old boy fell over, and a crochet hook penetrated his skin underneath his left eye. The hook was removed, and an emergency physician found a Glasgow Coma Scale score of 6-7. A CT scan showed no cerebral or ophthalmic injury. However, the patient was persistently apathic with head- and gaze direction towards the left and a facial nerve palsy. An MRI showed a linear intracerebral lesion stretching through pons into the cerebellar vermis. The patient had neuropaediatric rehabilitation and recovered fully within months...
February 12, 2018: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Randel L Swanson, Stephen Hampton, Judith Green-McKenzie, Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, M Sean Grady, Ragini Verma, Rosette Biester, Diana Duda, Ronald L Wolf, Douglas H Smith
Importance: From late 2016 through August 2017, US government personnel serving on diplomatic assignment in Havana, Cuba, reported neurological symptoms associated with exposure to auditory and sensory phenomena. Objective: To describe the neurological manifestations that followed exposure to an unknown energy source associated with auditory and sensory phenomena. Design, Setting, and Participants: Preliminary results from a retrospective case series of US government personnel in Havana, Cuba...
February 15, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Jeremy C Borniger, Kyra Ungerleider, Ning Zhang, Kate Karelina, Ulysses J Magalang, Zachary M Weil
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a common and costly ongoing public health concern. Injuries that occur during childhood development can have particularly profound and long-lasting effects. One common consequence and potential mediator of negative outcomes of TBI is sleep disruption which occurs in a substantial proportion of TBI patients. These individuals report greater incidences of insomnia and sleep fragmentation combined with a greater overall sleep requirement meaning that many patients are chronically sleep-deprived...
February 9, 2018: Neuroscience
Yaniv Steinfeld, Yaniv Keren, Elias Haddad
Introduction: Central cord syndrome (CCS) is an injury to the center of the spinal cord. It is well known as a hyperextension injury, but it has never been described as a surfing injury. Our report describes this injury in detail. Case presentation: A 35-year-old male novice surfer presented to the emergency department with acute tetraplegia following falling off his surfboard and hitting sea floor at a shallow beach break. He was rescued by a fellow surfer while floating in the sea and unable to raise his head above sea level...
2018: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
Sung Ho Jang, Seong Ho Kim, Han Do Lee
RATIONALE: A 72-year-old male had suffered from head trauma resulting from injury to his frontal area by an electrical grinder while working at his home. PATIENT CONCERNS: He lost consciousness for approximately 10 minutes and experienced continuous post-traumatic amnesia. DIAGNOSES: He was diagnosed as traumatic intracerebral hemorrhage in both frontal lobes, intraventricular hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage, and underwent decompressive craniectomy and hematoma removal...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Nirav Maniar, Anthony G Schache, Prasanna Sritharan, David A Opar
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are a burdensome condition due to potential surgical requirements and increased risk of long term debilitation. Previous studies indicate that muscle forces play an important role in the development of ligamentous loading, yet these studies have typically used cadaveric models considering only the knee-spanning quadriceps, hamstrings and gastrocnemius muscle groups. Using a musculoskeletal modelling approach, we investigated how lower-limb muscles produce and oppose key tibiofemoral reaction forces and moments during the weight acceptance phase of unanticipated sidestep cutting...
February 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sung Ho Jang, Ji Wan Ha, Hyun Young Kim, You Sung Seo
RATIONALE: Recovery of injured AF in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) has not been reported. In this study, we report on a patient with TBI who recovered from an injury to Broca's portion of AF in the dominant hemisphere, diagnosed by diffusion tensor tractography (DTT). PATIENT CONCERNS: A 28-year-old right-handed male patient suffered head trauma resulting from sliding while riding a motorcycle. DIAGNOSES: He was diagnosed with a traumatic contusional hemorrhage in the left frontal lobe, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and subdural hemorrhage in the left fronto-temporal lobe...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Sung Ho Jang, Jeong Pyo Seo
RATIONALE: We report on a patient who developed limb-kinetic apraxia (LKA) due to an injured corticofugal tract (CFT) from the secondary motor area following mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), demonstrated on diffusion tensor tractography (DTT). PATIENT CONCERNS: She was struck in the right leg by a sedan at a crosswalk and fell to the ground. She lost consciousness and experienced post-traumatic amnesia for approximately ten minutes. She was obliged to wear a cast for a left humerus fracture for two months, and she found she could not move her left hand quickly with intention after removal of the cast; consequently her left hand was almost non-functional...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Brittany Barber, Hadi Seikaly, K Ming Chan, Rhys Beaudry, Shannon Rychlik, Jaret Olson, Matthew Curran, Peter Dziegielewski, Vincent Biron, Jeffrey Harris, Margaret McNeely, Daniel O'Connell
BACKGROUND: Shoulder dysfunction is common after neck dissection for head and neck cancer (HNC). Brief electrical stimulation (BES) is a novel technique that has been shown to enhance neuronal regeneration after nerve injury by modulating the brain-derived neurotrophic growth factor (BDNF) pathways. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of BES on postoperative shoulder function following oncologic neck dissection. METHODS: Adult participants with a new diagnosis of HNC undergoing Level IIb +/- V neck dissection were recruited...
January 23, 2018: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
K Linnea Welton, Matthew J Kraeutler, Lauren A Pierpoint, Justin H Bartley, Eric C McCarty, R Dawn Comstock
Background: As participation in high school athletics increases, so does the number of adolescents experiencing sports-related injury. Understanding injury patterns is an important component to developing and evaluating prevention and rehabilitation programs. Purpose: To analyze recurrent injury rates and patterns among high school athletes, to compare recurrent injuries with new injuries, and to evaluate injury trends over time. Study Design: Descriptive epidemiology study...
January 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Erkut N Kucukboyaci, Coralynn Long, Michelle Smith, Joseph F Rath, Tamara Bushnik
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the complex relationship between various social indicators that contribute to socioeconomic status and healthcare barriers. DESIGN: Cluster analysis of historical patient data obtained from inpatient visits. SETTING: Setting: Inpatient rehabilitation unit in a large, urban university hospital PARTICIPANTS: Adult patients receiving acute inpatient care, predominantly for closed head injury. INTERVENTIONS: Not applicable MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: We examined the membership of TBI patients in various "vulnerable group" (VG) clusters (e...
January 6, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
W Frank Peacock, Timothy E Van Meter, Nazanin Mirshahi, Kyle Ferber, Robert Gerwien, Vani Rao, Haris Iqbal Sair, Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, Frederick K Korley
Background: Nearly 5 million emergency department (ED) visits for head injury occur each year in the United States, of which <10% of patients show abnormal computed tomography (CT) findings. CT negative patients frequently suffer protracted somatic, behavioral, and neurocognitive dysfunction. Our goal was to evaluate biomarkers to identify mild TBI (mTBI) in patients with suspected head injury. Methods: An observational ED study of head-injured and control patients was conducted at Johns Hopkins University (HeadSMART)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
Sung Ho Jang, Hyeok Gyu Kwon
RATIONALE: We report on a patient with injury of the cortico-ponto-cerebellar tract (CPCT) following mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), diagnosed by diffusion tensor tractography (DTT). PATIENT CONCERNS: A 53-year-old female patient was injured in a car crash. While under treatment at a local medical center for headache, mild motor weakness, and cognitive impairment that developed following the car crash, she fell, hitting her head on the ground, about six weeks after the car crash...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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