Content - Volume 24, Issue 2

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Body weight-bearing while rising and sitting down in patients with stroke
Engardt M, Olsson E.
Distribution of body weight on the two legs while rising and sitting down was examined in 42 subacute stroke patients and 16 healthy adults during both spontaneous movement and following instruction directed at even weight distribution. Vertical floor reaction forces were measured by two force plates. There was a difference between patients and controls in the tested motor tasks--the patients favo ...
Pages: 67-74
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Diagnostic blocks of the tibial nerve in spastic hemiparesis. Effects on clinical, electrophysiological and gait parameters
Arendzen JH, van Duijn H, Beckmann MK, Harlaar J, Vogelaar TW, Prevo AJ
The value of a diagnostic block (DB) of the tibial nerve in 17 hemiparetic patients with gait disturbances was investigated. The purpose of this study was to find instruments that help to select patients who will benefit from a long lasting peripheral nerve block. The manually elicited ankle clonus and its abolition after injection of a local anaesthetic appeared to be a useful clinical test for t ...
Pages: 75-81
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Postural reorganization following lower limb amputation. Possible motor and sensory determinants of recovery
Geurts AC, Mulder TW, Nienhuis B, Rijken RA
Postural control was assessed in persons with a unilateral lower limb amputation before and after their rehabilitation. The centre-of-pressure fluctuations during quiet upright standing on a dual-plate force platform were registered with and without visual information in order to identify relevant determinants of balance restoration. In addition, static (weight distribution) as well as dynamic (co ...
Pages: 83-90
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Muscle training in chronic anterior cruciate ligament insufficiency--a comparative study
Zätterström R, Fridén T, Lindstrand A, Moritz U
The aim of the investigation was to study and compare the effect of two basically different training methods on muscle strength and knee function on a consecutive and prospective series of 26 conservatively treated patients with chronic anterior cruciate ligament injury. The two training models were: model Q directed towards specific training of knee extensor muscle strength and model F aiming at ...
Pages: 91-97
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Algometry. Measuring pain threshold, method and characteristics in healthy subjects
Hogeweg JA, Langereis MJ, Bernards AT, Faber JA, Helders PJ.
A pressure algometer was tested using a specially designed protocol in 28 healthy adult males and females. Two observers examined the pressure threshold (PT) of local tenderness at the joints of the wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and at the paravertebral tissues. Several characteristics of the instrument were found. There were no significant differences in PT's between the same points on either si ...
Pages: 99-103
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Is "handicap" affected by a hospital based rehabilitation programme?
Roy CW, Hunter J, Arthurs Y, Prescott RJ
"Handicap", categorised according to the ICIDH, and "Disability", measured by the Smith Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Index, were assessed in over 300 patients (suffering from strokes, lower limb amputations, cardiac disorders, low back pain and other diseases) on admission to and after discharge from a hospital based rehabilitation programme. Statistically significant improvements were found i ...
Pages: 105-112
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