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Use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and health: A literature survey
Jennifer Jelsma
Background: In 2001 the World Health Organization adopted the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and it has since been utilized extensively. Aim: A literature survey was undertaken to document reported use of the ICF, with regard to type of use, aims and implementation issues. Methods: A convenience sample of 243 papers was analysed. Results: There were fe ...
Pages: 1-12
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European consensus table on the use of botulinum toxin type A in adult spasticity
Jörg Wissel, Anthony B. Ward, Per Erztgaard, Djamel Bensmail, Martin J. Hecht, Thierry M. Lejeune, Peter Schnider
A group of clinicians from across Europe experienced in the use of botulinum toxin type A for the treatment of spasticity following acquired brain injury gathered to develop a consensus statement on best practice in managing adults with spasticity. This consensus table summarizes the current published data, which was collated following extensive literature searches, their assessment for level of e ...
Pages: 13-25
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Prevalence and risk factors for upper extremity entrapment neuropathies in polio survivors
Hung-Chih Tsai, Tai-Ho Hung, Chien-Cheng Chen, Fu-Kong Lieu, Hsin Cho, Tao-Hsin Tung, Szu-Fu Chen
Objective: To investigate the electrophysiological prevalence and associated risk factors of upper extremity entrapment neuropathies in a cohort of Taiwanese patients with prior paralytic poliomyelitis. Design: Cross-sectional study involving a consecutive series of patients. Subjects: Ninety-seven polio survivors. Methods: Demographic factors, medical and work history were recorded. Symptoms ...
Pages: 26-31
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The hypothesis of overwork weakness in Charcot-Marie-Tooth: A critical evaluation
Madlenka van Pomeren, Ruud W. Selles, Berbke T.J. van Ginneken, Ton A.R. Schreuders, Wim G.M. Janssen, Henk J. Stam
Objective: It has been reported that the non-dominant hand of patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is stronger than the dominant hand as a result of overwork weakness. The objective of this study was to determine if this hypo¬thesis could be verified in our population. Design: Survey. Subjects: Twenty-eight patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type I or II from a rehabilitation depa ...
Pages: 32-34
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Relationship between neurogenic bowel dysfunction and health-related quality of life in persons with spinal cord injury
Chin-Wei Liu, Chun-Chiang Huang, Yi-Hsin Yang, Shih-Ching Chen, Ming-Cheng Weng, Mao-Hsiung Huang
Objective: To assess the relationship between the severity of neurogenic bowel and health-related quality of life in persons with various degrees of spinal cord injury. Design: Cross-sectional. Subjects: A total of 128 people with spinal cord injury. Methods: Two questionnaires were sent out by post. One included demographic characteristics and a neurogenic bowel dysfunction score to evaluate ...
Pages: 35-40
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Efficacy of functional magnetic stimulation in neurogenic bowel dysfunction after spinal cord injury
Po-Yi Tsai, Chih-Pin Wang, Fang-Yao Chiu, Yu-An Tsai, Yue-Cune Chang, Tien-Yow Chuang
Objective: The aims of this study were to assess the usefulness of functional magnetic stimulation in controlling neurogenic bowel dysfunction in spinal cord injured patients with supraconal and conal/caudal lesions, and to investigate the efficacy of this regimen with a 3-month follow-up. Design: A longitudinal, prospective before-after trial. Subjects: A total of 22 patients with chronic spina ...
Pages: 41-47
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Quality of life among Swedish patients after stroke: Psychometric evaluation of SF-36
Ann-Helene Almborg, Stig Berg
Objective: Few studies have evaluated the scale assumptions of the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form (SF-36) with stroke survivors. The aims of this study were to evaluate the scale assumptions of SF-36 using Swedish patients after stroke and to compare patients' quality of life with that of a healthy population. Design: Cross-sectional study. Subjects: SF-36 was tested in 188 patients ( ...
Pages: 48-53
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Main outcomes of stroke rehabilitation: A multi-centre study in Thailand
Vilai Kuptniratsaikul, Apichana Kovindha, Piyapat Dajpratham, Krisna Piravej
Objective: To estimate the efficiency of inpatient rehabilitation for patients after stroke in Thailand. Design: Multi-centre, prospective study. Subjects: Patients after stroke, aged ≥ 18 years, with stable medical signs, able to follow 1-step commands and to sit for at least 30 min. Methods: Main outcomes included Barthel Index (BI) scores, BI effectiveness, BI efficiency, length o ...
Pages: 54-58
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Is there equity in long-term healthcare utilization after traumatic brain injury?
Agnes H.P. Willemse-van Son, Gerard M. Ribbers, Henk J. Stam, Geertrudis A.M. van den Bos
Objective: To quantify the long-term use of various types of healthcare services in patients with traumatic brain injury and to estimate the relative contribution of predisposing characteristics, enabling factors and health-related needs to determine whether there is equity in healthcare utilization. Design: Cross-sectional study. Patients: Seventy-nine non-institutionalized moderate to severe p ...
Pages: 59-65
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A comparison of two multidisciplinary inpatient rehabilitation programmes for fibromyalgia: A register linkage study on work disability
Heikki Suoyrjö, Tuula Oksanen, Katariina Hinkka, Jaana Pentti, Mika Kivimäki, Timo Klaukka, Jussi Vahtera
Background: Patients with fibromyalgia have a high risk of temporary and permanent work disability. Little is known about the effects of fibromyalgia rehabilitation on work disability. Objective: To determine whether a specific fibromyalgia rehabilitation programme is superior to a non-specific musculo¬skeletal rehabilitation of patients with fibromyalgia in terms of work disability. Methods: ...
Pages: 66-72
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Effect of thermal water and adjunctive electrotherapy on chronic low back pain: A double-blind, randomized, follow-up study
Ágota Kulisch , Tamás Bender, András Németh, László Szekeres
Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of thermal mineral water, compared with tap water in the treatment of low back pain. Methods: This randomized, double-blind, controlled, follow-up study included 71 patients who underwent 20-minute daily treatment sessions with medicinal water or with tap water, both at a temperature of 34°C, on 21 occasions. Both groups under ...
Pages: 73-79
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Effect of stretching on hamstring muscle compliance
Jari Ylinen, Tuomas Kankainen, Hannu Kautiainen, Asghar Rezasoltani, Tiina Kuukkanen, Arja Häkkinen
Objective: To evaluate the effects of stretching on hamstring muscle compliance indirectly and directly. Methods: Twelve healthy men were instructed to perform passive stretching of one leg daily over 4 weeks, while the other leg served as a control. An instrumental straight leg raise was used to measure stretching force and muscle compliance indirectly with surface electromyography to measure m ...
Pages: 80-84
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Outcome of physiotherapy as part of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation in an unselected polio population with one-year follow-up: An uncontrolled study
Merete Bertelsen, Susse Broberg, Ellen Madsen
Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of physiotherapy as part of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation. Design: Prospective uncontrolled intervention study. Subjects: Fifty patients with late effects of polio, first time referred to physiotherapy at the Danish Society of Polio and Accident Victims (PTU) Rehabilitation Centre. Methods: The intervention was physiotherapy as ...
Pages: 85-87
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Spinal decompression sickness presenting as partial brown-sequard syndrome and treated with robotic-assisted body-weight support treadmill training
Elior Moreh, Zeev Meiner, Martin Neeb, Nurith Hiller, Isabella Schwartz
Objective: To describe the rehabilitation outcome of a case of spinal decompression sickness presenting as partial Brown-Sequard syndrome treated with robotic-assisted body-weight support treadmill training. Study Design: Case report. Background: Type II decompression sickness patients commonly suffer from myelopathy with gait disturbances necessitating rehabilitation. Robotic-assisted body-weig ...
Pages: 88-89
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Retraction of an intrathecal baclofen infusion catheter following suprapubic cystotomy: A case report
Frank M.J. Martens, Diedrik M. Somford, Dirk H.J.M. van Kuppevelt, Monica J.M. van der Burg, John P.F.A. Heesakkers
Introduction: Intrathecal baclofen, administered via a Baclofen pump, is used for patients with spasticity. We report here a case of intrathecal catheter retraction following surgery. Case report: A male patient with adrenoleukodystrophy and a baclofen pump implant was admitted to the urology department with bladder stones. A transurethral cystolitho¬tripsy and a suprapubic cystotomy were per ...
Pages: 90-91
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Feasibility of a home constraint-induced movement therapy for hand weakness after stroke
Julie A. Williams, Kirsten Colton, Felipe Fregni , Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Michael P. Alexander
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Pages: 92-93
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