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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445695/neural-correlates-of-evoked-phantom-limb-sensations
#1
J Andoh, M Diers, C Milde, C Köppe, D Kleinböhl, H Flor
Previous work showed the existence of changes in the topographic organization within the somatosensory cortex (SI) in amputees with phantom limb pain, however, the link between nonpainful phantom sensations such as cramping or tingling or the percept of the limb and cortical changes is less clear. We used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in a highly selective group of limb amputees who experienced inducible and reproducible nonpainful phantom sensations. A standardized procedure was used to locate body sites eliciting phantom sensations in each amputee...
April 23, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436879/study-on-interaction-between-temporal-and-spatial-information-in-classification-of-emg-signals-in-myoelectric-prostheses
#2
Radhika Menon, Gaetano Di Caterina, Heba Lakany, Lykourgos Petropoulakis, Bernard Conway, John Soraghan
Advanced forearm prosthetic devices employ classifiers to recognize different electromyography (EMG) signal patterns, in order to identify the user's intended motion gesture. The classification accuracy is one of the main determinants of real-time controllability of a prosthetic limb and hence the necessity to achieve as high an accuracy as possible. In this paper, we study the effects of the temporal and spatial information provided to the classifier on its offline performance and analyze their inter-dependencies...
April 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422686/an-integrated-movement-analysis-framework-to-study-upper-limb-function-a-pilot-study
#3
Kimberly Kontson, Ian Marcus, Barbara Myklebust, Eugene Civillico
The functional capabilities of individuals with upper limb disabilities are assessed throughout rehabilitation and treatment regimens using functional outcome measures. For the upper limb amputee population, there are none which quantitatively take into account the quality of movement while an individual is performing tasks. In this work, we demonstrate the use of an integrated movement analysis framework, based on motion capture and ground reaction force data, to capture quantitative information about how subjects complete a commonly used functional outcome measure, the Box and Blocks Test (BBT)...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420135/a-prosthetic-hand-body-area-controller-based-on-efficient-pattern-recognition-control-strategies
#4
Simone Benatti, Bojan Milosevic, Elisabetta Farella, Emanuele Gruppioni, Luca Benini
Poliarticulated prosthetic hands represent a powerful tool to restore functionality and improve quality of life for upper limb amputees. Such devices offer, on the same wearable node, sensing and actuation capabilities, which are not equally supported by natural interaction and control strategies. The control in state-of-the-art solutions is still performed mainly through complex encoding of gestures in bursts of contractions of the residual forearm muscles, resulting in a non-intuitive Human-Machine Interface (HMI)...
April 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399873/influence-of-functional-task-oriented-mental-practice-on-the-gait-of-transtibial-amputees-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#5
Rodrigo Gontijo Cunha, Paulo José Guimarães Da-Silva, Clarissa Cardoso Dos Santos Couto Paz, Ana Carolina da Silva Ferreira, Carlos Julio Tierra-Criollo
BACKGROUND: Mental practice (MP) through motor imagery is a cognitive training strategy used to improve locomotor skills during rehabilitation programs. Recent works have used MP tasks to investigate the neurophysiology of human gait; however, its effect on functional performance has not been evaluated. In the present study, the influence of gait-oriented MP tasks on the rehabilitation process of gait in transtibial amputees was investigated by assessing the vertical (V), anterior-posterior (AP), and medio-lateral (ML) ground reaction forces (GRFs) and the time duration of the support phase of the prosthetic limb...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399722/safety-and-function-of-a-prototype-microprocessor-controlled-knee-prosthesis-for-low-active-transfemoral-amputees-switching-from-a-mechanic-knee-prosthesis-a-pilot-study
#6
Timothy Hasenoehrl, Thomas Schmalz, Reinhard Windhager, Stephan Domayer, Sara Dana, Clemens Ambrozy, Stefano Palma, Richard Crevenna
PURPOSE: Aim of this pilot study was to assess safety and functioning of a microprocessor-controlled knee prosthesis (MPK) after a short familiarization time and no structured physical therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five elderly, low-active transfemoral amputees who were fitted with a standard non-microprocessor controlled knee prosthesis (NMPK) performed a baseline measurement consisting of a 3 D gait analysis, functional tests and questionnaires. The first follow-up consisted of the same test procedure and was performed with the MPK after 4 to 6 weeks of familiarization...
April 11, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396957/-transcutaneous-osseointegrated-prosthesis-top-after-limb-amputation-status-quo-and-perspectives
#7
Christian Willy, Christian Krettek
The majority of transfemoral and transtibial amputees can be functionally fitted with conventional suspension sockets; however, due to socket problems using conventional stump care, 60% of the patients have limited function and even in younger patients approximately one sixth are unable to wear the prosthesis daily. After the introduction of transcutaneous osseointegrated prostheses (TOP) the inherent problems of socket-stump care can be avoided for these patients. Against this background this article reviews the recent clinical development of TOP in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and USA currently in nine centers...
April 10, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396853/prevalence-of-metabolic-syndrome-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-war-related-bilateral-lower-limb-amputees
#8
Hanieh-Sadat Ejtahed, Mohammad-Reza Soroush, Shirin Hasani-Ranjbar, Pooneh Angoorani, Batool Mousavi, Mehdi Masumi, Farhad Edjtehadi, Mahmood Soveid
BACKGROUND: Lower limb amputation is correlated with considerable impairments in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in veterans. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in veterans with bilateral lower limb amputation and to identify its association with HRQOL. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 235 Iranian male veterans with bilateral lower limb amputation. Demographics, anthropometrics, and biochemical measurements were assessed and MetS was defined by National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III definition...
2017: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395001/the-impact-of-simultaneously-applying-normal-stress-and-vibrotactile-stimulation-for-feedback-of-exteroceptive-information
#9
M Reza Motamedi, Martin Otis, Vincent Duchaine
Commercially available prosthetic hands do not convey any tactile information, forcing amputees to rely solely on visual attention. A promising solution to this problem is haptics, which could lead to new prostheses in which tactile information is conveyed between the amputee and the artificial limb. However, the haptic feedback must be optimized so that amputees can use it effectively; and although several studies have examined how specific haptic feedback systems can transmit certain types of tactile information, there has not yet been much research on the effects of superposing two or more types of feedback at the same location, which might prove to be more effective than using a single type of feedback alone...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392326/preliminary-investigation-of-pain-related-changes-in-cerebral-blood-volume-in-patients-with-phantom-limb-pain
#10
Cheong Hoon Seo, Chang-Hyun Park, Myung Hun Jung, Soyeon Jang, So Young Joo, Yoonkyeong Kang, Suk Hoon Ohn
OBJECTIVE: We utilized MRI to measure CBV in patients who had undergone unilateral arm amputation following electrical injury to investigate changes in the pain network associated with phantom limb pain. DESIGN: Case-controlled exploratory MRI study of cerebral blood volume (CBV) via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) SETTING: University hospital PARTICIPANTS: Ten patients with phantom limb pain following unilateral arm amputation and 16 healthy, age-matched participants...
April 6, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389068/bone-mineral-density-measurements-around-osseointegrated-implants-a-precision-study-and-validation-of-scan-protocol-for-transfemoral-amputees
#11
Rehne Lessmann Hansen, Bente Lomholt Langdahl, Peter Holmberg Jørgensen, Klaus Kjær Petersen, Kjeld Søballe, Maiken Stilling
Visual evaluation of bone changes around an osseointegration (OI) implant in femoral amputees examined on plain radiographs shows that periprosthetic bone resorption takes place during the first years after OI surgery, but the bone mineral density (BMD) change has not been previously quantified by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). Precision is vital when monitoring BMD changes around implants, and thus the aim of this study was to evaluate the precision and feasibility of a scan protocol for BMD measurements in proximity of OI implants...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Densitometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365850/acute-bone-changes-after-lower-limb-amputation-resulting-from-traumatic-injury
#12
D A Bemben, V D Sherk, W J J Ertl, M G Bemben
Bone health is critical for lower limb amputees, affecting their ability to use a prosthesis and their risk of osteoporosis. We found large losses in hip bone mineral density (BMD) and in amputated bone strength in the first year of prosthesis use, suggesting a need for load bearing interventions early post-amputation. INTRODUCTION: Large deficits in hip areal BMD (aBMD) and residual limb volumetric BMD (vBMD) occur after lower limb amputation; however, the time course of these bone quality changes is unknown...
April 1, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359320/novel-intramedullary-device-for-lengthening-transfemoral-residual-limbs
#13
Todd A Kuiken, Bennet A Butler, Tom Sharkey, Andre D Ivy, Daniel Li, Terrance D Peabody
BACKGROUND: Lower limb loss is a highly disabling medical condition that can severely impact a person's quality of life. Recovery becomes especially challenging if an amputee has a short residual limb, which can complicate proper prosthetic fitting, causing discomfort, difficulties in suspension, and reduced mobility. Current limb lengthening techniques such as the Ilizarov apparatus and external fixators are cumbersome, uncomfortable, and have high complication rates. In this study, we investigated the effectiveness of a novel limb-lengthening device that uses intramedullary bone lengthening and requires only one percutaneous rod at the end of the limb during the distraction phase...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358690/a-framework-of-temporal-spatial-descriptors-based-feature-extraction-for-improved-myoelectric-pattern-recognition
#14
Rami N Khushaba, Ali H Al-Timemy, Ahmed Al-Ani, Adel Al-Jumaily
The extraction of accurate and efficient descriptors of muscular activity plays an important role in tackling the challenging problem of myoelectric control of powered prostheses. In this paper, we present a new feature extraction framework that aims to give an enhanced representation of muscular activities through increasing the amount of information that can be extracted from individual and combined Electromyogram (EMG) channels. We propose to use time-domain descriptors (TDD) in estimating the EMG signal power spectrum characteristics; a step that preserves the computational power required for the construction of spectral features...
March 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349945/touch-and-hearing-mediate-osseoperception
#15
Francesco Clemente, Bo Håkansson, Christian Cipriani, Johan Wessberg, Katarzyna Kulbacka-Ortiz, Rickard Brånemark, Karl-Johan Fredén Jansson, Max Ortiz-Catalan
Osseoperception is the sensation arising from the mechanical stimulation of a bone-anchored prosthesis. Here we show that not only touch, but also hearing is involved in this phenomenon. Using mechanical vibrations ranging from 0.1 to 6 kHz, we performed four psychophysical measures (perception threshold, sensation discrimination, frequency discrimination and reaction time) on 12 upper and lower limb amputees and found that subjects: consistently reported perceiving a sound when the stimulus was delivered at frequencies equal to or above 400 Hz; were able to discriminate frequency differences between stimuli delivered at high stimulation frequencies (~1500 Hz); improved their reaction time for bimodal stimuli (i...
March 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342278/simultaneous-pancreas-and-kidney-transplantation-incidence-and-risk-factors-for-amputation-after-10-years-follow-up
#16
E MacCraith, N F Davis, C Browne, P Mohan, D Hickey
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of amputation after simultaneous pancreas and kidney (SPK) transplantation ranges from 9.5-23% after 5 years of follow-up. The objective of this study was to investigate the incidence and risk factors for amputation in SPK transplant patients after a minimum follow-up of 10 years. METHODS: An analysis was performed on a prospectively maintained database of 81 SPK transplants and 43 kidney transplantation alone (KTA) consecutively performed in one centre for insulin dependent diabetes mellitus between December 1992 and January 2006...
March 25, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337820/selective-radiofrequency-stimulation-of-the-dorsal-root-ganglion-drg-as-a-method-for-predicting-targets-for-neuromodulation-in-patients-with-post-amputation-pain-a-case-series
#17
Corey W Hunter, Ajax Yang, Tim Davis
OBJECTIVE: While spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has established itself as an accepted and validated treatment for neuropathic pain, there are a number of conditions where it has experienced less, long-term success: post amputee pain (PAP) being one of them. Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation has shown great promise, particularly in conditions where traditional SCS has fallen short. One major difference between DRG stimulation and traditional SCS is the ability to provide focal stimulation over targeted areas...
March 23, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336738/single-stage-osseointegrated-reconstruction-and-rehabilitation-of-lower-limb-amputees-the-osseointegration-group-of-australia-accelerated-protocol-2-ogaap-2-for-a-prospective-cohort-study
#18
Munjed Al Muderis, William Lu, Kevin Tetsworth, Belinda Bosley, Jiao Jiao Li
INTRODUCTION: Lower limb amputations have detrimental influences on the quality of life, function and body image of the affected patients. Following amputation, prolonged rehabilitation is required for patients to be fitted with traditional socket prostheses, and many patients experience symptomatic socket-residuum interface problems which lead to reduced prosthetic use and quality of life. Osseointegration has recently emerged as a novel approach for the reconstruction of amputated limbs, which overcomes many of the socket-related problems by directly attaching the prosthesis to the skeletal residuum...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326399/total-knee-replacement-for-tricompartmental-arthritis-in-a-patient-with-a-below-knee-amputation-after-a-previous-closing-wedge-high-tibial-osteotomy
#19
Mark A Fleming, Michael C Dixon
This is a report of a 64-year-old man who had undergone a high tibial osteotomy (HTO) 17 years ago of his right knee for medial compartment osteoarthritis; 5 days later, he received a below-knee amputation owing to a missed popliteal artery injury at the time of the HTO. We elected to perform a total knee replacement (TKR) for progressive arthritis of the ipsilateral knee 17 years after the transtibial amputation. Although there is a plethora of literature regarding TKR in the contralateral knee of amputees, there is a paucity of data of TKR in the ipsilateral knee...
June 2016: Arthroplasty Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325033/user-intent-prediction-with-a-scaled-conjugate-gradient-trained-artificial-neural-network-for-lower-limb-amputees-using-a-powered-prosthesis
#20
Richard B Woodward, John A Spanias, Levi J Hargrove
Powered lower limb prostheses have the ability to provide greater mobility for amputee patients. Such prostheses often have pre-programmed modes which can allow activities such as climbing stairs and descending ramps, something which many amputees struggle with when using non-powered limbs. Previous literature has shown how pattern classification can allow seamless transitions between modes with a high accuracy and without any user interaction. Although accurate, training and testing each subject with their own dependent data is time consuming...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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