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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721628/disease-activity-handgrip-strengths-and-hand-dexterity-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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D Palamar, G Er, R Terlemez, I Ustun, G Can, M Saridogan
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the hand joints and leading to impairment in hand functions. Evaluation of functional impairment is necessary for assessing patient's quality of life, disease activity, and treatment outcome. To date, many scientific studies assessed the disease activity of patients with RA, but little attention has been carried out to assess these patients' hand functions and dexterity. The purposes of this study were to determine the clinical relevance of the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (QuickDASH), hand dexterity with the Purdue Pegboard Test (PPT), and handgrip strength and pinch strengths of RA patients and to look into their relation between each other...
July 18, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720043/open-arthroscopic-and-percutaneous-surgical-treatment-of-lateral-epicondylitis-a-systematic-review
#2
Matthew B Burn, Ronald J Mitchell, Shari R Liberman, David M Lintner, Joshua D Harris, Patrick C McCulloch
BACKGROUND: Approximately 10% of patients with lateral epicondylitis go on to have surgical treatment; however, multiple surgical treatment options exist. The purpose of this study was to review the literature for the clinical outcomes of open, arthroscopic, and percutaneous treatment of lateral epicondylitis. The authors hypothesized that the clinical outcome of all 3 analyzed surgical treatments would be equivalent. METHODS: A systematic review was performed using PubMed, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Google Scholar in July 2016 to compare the functional outcome, pain, grip strength, patient satisfaction, and return to work at 1-year follow-up for open, arthroscopic, and percutaneous treatment of lateral epicondylitis...
March 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720007/extensor-pollicis-brevis-spiral-tenodesis-for-combined-metacarpophalangeal-instability-and-trapeziometacarpal-arthritis
#3
Mark Henry
BACKGROUND: In more advanced stages of trapeziometacarpal arthritis, the thumb metacarpal may develop an adduction contracture, leading to secondary hyperextension instability of the metacarpophalangeal joint. Following trapeziometacarpal arthroplasty, uncorrected substantial metacarpophalangeal hyperextension may contribute to ongoing Z-collapse deformity, weakness of pinch and grip, and patient perception of diminished function. METHODS: We prospectively analyzed a consecutive case series of 55 trapeziometacarpal arthroplasty patients (mean age, 60 years; 7 males) who received simultaneous extensor pollicis brevis spiral tenodesis for thumb metacarpophalangeal hyperextension of at least 50°...
March 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719990/radiographic-and-clinical-assessment-of-intramedullary-nail-fixation-for-the-treatment-of-unstable-metacarpal-fractures
#4
Ather Mirza, Justin Mirza, Chris Healy, Vishaaq Mathew, Brian Lee
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the article was to evaluate clinical and radiographic outcomes in a case series of unstable metacarpal fractures treated with flexible intramedullary nail (IMN) fixation. METHODS: A total of 55 patients with unstable metacarpal fractures between 2003 and 2010 were treated with IMN fixation and followed for a minimum of 1 year. The outcomes were assessed via a radiological study of longitudinal and angular collapse, Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) score, total active range of motion (ROM) of the wrist, and grip strength testing...
March 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719982/deep-friction-massage-versus-steroid-injection-in-the-treatment-of-lateral-epicondylitis
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Rosemary Yi, Walter W Bratchenko, Virak Tan
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to determine the efficacy of deep friction massage in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis by comparing outcomes with a control group treated with splinting and therapy and with an experimental group receiving a local steroid injection. METHODS: A randomized clinical trial was conducted to compare outcomes after recruitment of consecutive patients presenting with lateral epicondylitis. Patients were randomized to receive one of 3 treatments: group 1: splinting and stretching, group 2: a cortisone injection, or group 3: a lidocaine injection with deep friction massage...
February 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718309/intra-articular-fracture-of-the-base-of-the-first-metacarpal-bone-treatment-through-a-volar-approach
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Violeta Levy, Marcelo Mazzola, Martín Gonzalez
BACKGROUND: Management of Bennett fractures has been controversial. Early reports supported closed reduction and casting with or without percutaneous pinning. Later, open reduction and internal fixation was advocated. The purpose of this article is to assess the surgical treatment using a direct volar approach. METHODS: Between March 2008 and December 2014, 21 patients with intra-articular first metacarpal fractures displaced more than 1 mm were operated on using a direct volar approach...
January 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716512/results-of-the-dubert-procedure-for-chronic-painful-fracture-dislocations-of-the-fifth-carpometacarpal-joint-a-report-of-6-cases
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N Meraghni, G Bacle, E Marteau, Y Bouju, J Laulan
Carpometacarpal (CMC) fracture-dislocations of the fifth ray are common. For chronic injuries, Dubert proposed combining resection arthroplasty of the base of the fifth metacarpal (M5) with synostosis with the fourth metacarpal (M4). Our aim was to evaluate the results of this procedure. Between 1994 and 2014, 7 men and 1 woman with an average age of 36 years (range, 27 to 45) were operated on. The right hand was involved in 6 of the 8 cases. All patients had symptomatic osteoarthritis secondary to isolated articular malunion and subluxation of the 5th CMC joint...
July 14, 2017: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715287/outcome-measures-correlated-with-falls-in-nursing-home-residents-a-pilot-study
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Heidi S Moyer, Jeffrey Gale, Stephen Severe, Heather J Braden, Scott Hasson
Most fall risk and normal values are collected from the community-dwelling population, which is not representative of nursing home residents. The purpose of this study was twofold: 1) to determine the relationship of clinical impairment and activity limitation variables to the number of falls in nursing home residents; and 2) to determine the amount of variability that can be explained for the number of falls from these predictor variables. Seventeen active nursing home residents (83.7 ± 11.7 years) consented to participate...
July 17, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713231/grip-force-and-3d-push-pull-force-estimation-based-on-semg-and-grnn
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Changcheng Wu, Hong Zeng, Aiguo Song, Baoguo Xu
The estimation of the grip force and the 3D push-pull force (push and pull force in the three dimension space) from the electromyogram (EMG) signal is of great importance in the dexterous control of the EMG prosthetic hand. In this paper, an action force estimation method which is based on the eight channels of the surface EMG (sEMG) and the Generalized Regression Neural Network (GRNN) is proposed to meet the requirements of the force control of the intelligent EMG prosthetic hand. Firstly, the experimental platform, the acquisition of the sEMG, the feature extraction of the sEMG and the construction of GRNN are described...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711157/ma%C3%A3-a-trapeziometacarpal-joint-arthroplasty-clinical%C3%A2-and-radiological-outcomes-of-80-patients-with%C3%A2-more-than-6-years-of-follow-up
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Adriano Toffoli, Jacques Teissier
PURPOSE: Trapeziometacarpal (TMC) total joint replacement is increasingly being performed in Europe. MAÏA TMC total joint arthroplasty is a modular uncemented ball-and-socket hydroxyapatite-coated implant. This study assessed the midterm clinical and radiological results of the MAÏA TMC prosthesis. METHODS: This single-center retrospective study involved 80 patients who underwent 96 MAÏA TMC prosthesis implantations from February 2006 to April 2009, and who had a minimum of 5 years' follow-up...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710329/open-label-trial-of-ranolazine-for-the-treatment-of-myotonia-congenita
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W David Arnold, David Kline, Alan Sanderson, Ahmed A Hawash, Amy Bartlett, Kevin R Novak, Mark M Rich, John T Kissel
OBJECTIVE: To determine open-label, pilot study whether ranolazine could improve signs and symptoms of myotonia and muscle stiffness in patients with myotonia congenita (MC). METHODS: Thirteen participants were assessed at baseline and 2, 4, and 5 weeks. Ranolazine was started after baseline assessment (500 mg twice daily), increased as tolerated after week 2 (1,000 mg twice daily), and maintained until week 4. Outcomes included change from baseline to week 4 in self-reported severity of symptoms (stiffness, weakness, and pain), Timed Up and Go (TUG), hand grip and eyelid myotonia, and myotonia on EMG...
July 14, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704209/robotic-hand-assisted-training-for-spinal-cord-injury-driven-by-myoelectric-pattern-recognition-a-case-report
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Zhiyuan Lu, Kai-Yu Tong, Henry Shin, Argyrios Stampas, Ping Zhou
A 51-year-old man with an incomplete C6 spinal cord injury sustained 26 yrs ago attended twenty 2-hr visits over 10 wks for robot-assisted hand training driven by myoelectric pattern recognition. In each visit, his right hand was assisted to perform motions by an exoskeleton robot, while the robot was triggered by his own motion intentions. The hand robot was designed for this study, which can perform six kinds of motions, including hand closing/opening; thumb, index finger, and middle finger closing/opening; and middle, ring, and little fingers closing/opening...
July 12, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704067/grip-type-alters-maximal-pinch-forces-in-syringe-use
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Victoria MacDonald, Katherine Wilson, Michael W L Sonne, Peter J Keir
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine maximum forces during syringe use for different grips found in the field. BACKGROUND: Prolonged syringe use in chemotherapy drug delivery is associated with pain and injury in nurses and technicians. METHOD: Twenty healthy female hospital workers generated isometric maximum voluntary force using a 30 cc syringe with four pinch grips (chuck, chuck variation, thenar, two-handed). Both dominant and nondominant hands were used with the syringe plunger fixed in wide (8...
July 1, 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702888/cushing-s-syndrome-a-model-for-sarcopenic-obesity
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Michael Drey, Christina M Berr, Martin Reincke, Julia Fazel, Jochen Seissler, Jochen Schopohl, Martin Bidlingmaier, Stefanie Zopp, Nicole Reisch, Felix Beuschlein, Andrea Osswald, Ralf Schmidmaier
PURPOSE: Obesity and its metabolic impairments are discussed as major risk factors for sarcopenia leading to sarcopenic obesity. Cushing's syndrome is known to be associated with obesity and muscle atrophy. We compared Cushing's syndrome with matched obese controls regarding body composition, physical performance, and biochemical markers to test the hypothesis that Cushing's syndrome could be a model for sarcopenic obesity. METHODS: By propensity score matching, 47 controls were selected by body mass index and gender as obese controls...
July 12, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701549/altered-visual-strategies-and-attention-are-related-to-increased-force-fluctuations-during-a-pinch-grip-task-in-older-adults
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Kevin G Keenan, Wendy E Huddleston, Bradley E Ernest
The purpose of the study was to determine the visual strategies used by older adults during a pinch grip task and to assess the relations between visual strategy, deficits in attention, and increased force fluctuations in older adults. Eye movements of 23 older adults (>65 years) were monitored during a low-force pinch grip task while viewing three common visual feedback displays. Performance on the Grooved Pegboard test and an attention task (which required no concurrent hand movements) was also measured...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696084/can-vitamin-d-deficiency-influence-muscle-performance-in-post-menopausal-women-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
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Giovanni Iolascon, Giulia Letizia Mauro, Pietro Fiore, Carlo Cisari, Maria Grazia Benedetti, Lorenzo Panella, Alessandro DE Sire, Dario Calafiore, Antimo Moretti, Francesca Gimigliano
BACKGROUND: The presence of the vitamin D receptor (VDR) has been recently demonstrated in human muscle supporting the theory of a role of vitamin D in the proliferation and differentiation of muscle cells. So far only few studies investigated the association between vitamin D and muscle performance in post-menopausal women. AIM: To define the functional impact of vitamin D deficiency. DESIGN: Multicenter retrospective study. SETTING: Five Italian outpatient services of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM)...
July 10, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692958/grift-a-device-for-quantifying-physiological-and-pathological-mirror-movements-in-children
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E Jaspers, K Klingels, C Simon-Martinez, H Feys, D G Woolley, N Wenderoth
Mirror movements (MM) typically occur during unilateral actions and manifest as involuntary muscle activity of the passive limb, which "mirror" voluntary actions executed by the contralateral homologous body part. They are a normal motor feature in young children and gradually disappear during the first decade of life. In children suffering from neurological disorders, e.g. due to an early brain lesion as in unilateral cerebral palsy, the amplitude and occurrence of MM has been proposed to yield relevant information for diagnosis and therapy...
July 5, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692794/despite-early-improvement-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-still-have-impaired-grip-force-5-years-after-diagnosis
#18
Maria Rydholm, Christina Book, Ingegerd Wikström, Lennart Jacobsson, Carl Turesson
OBJECTIVE: Objective measures of function are important in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The objective of this study was to investigate grip strength in patients with early RA. METHODS: An inception cohort of 225 patients with early RA was followed according to a structured protocol. Average and peak grip force values (Grippit; AB Detektor, Gothenburg, Sweden) of the dominant hand were evaluated and compared to the expected, based on age- and sex-specific reference values from the literature...
July 10, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689647/effectiveness-of-a-physical-activity-programme-based-on-the-pilates-method-in-pregnancy-and-labour
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Luciano Rodríguez-Díaz, Carlos Ruiz-Frutos, Juana María Vázquez-Lara, Jesús Ramírez-Rodrigo, Carmen Villaverde-Gutiérrez, Gema Torres-Luque
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness and safety of a physical activity programme based on use of the Pilates method, over eight weeks in pregnant women, on functional parameters, such as weight, blood pressure, strength, flexibility and spinal curvature, and on labour parameters, such as, type of delivery, episiotomy, analgesia and newborn weight. METHOD: A randomized clinical trial was carried out on pregnant women, applying a programme of physical activity using the Pilates method, designed specifically for this population...
July 6, 2017: Enfermería Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688694/nutritional-changes-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-head-and-neck-cancer-during-treatment
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L Arribas, L Hurtós, M Taberna, I Peiró, E Vilajosana, A Lozano, S Vazquez, R Mesia, N Virgili
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study is to evaluate changes in body composition and nutritional status that occur throughout the oncological treatment in head and neck cancer patients. METHODS: A prospective cohort observational study in patients diagnosed with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) that underwent treatment with induction chemotherapy (iCT) followed by chemoradiotherapy or bioradiotherapy were invited to participate. All patients had dietetic counseling from the diagnosis and a close monitoring throughout the treatment implementing nutritional support as needed...
August 2017: Oral Oncology
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