Functional recovery of working-age patients with traumatic brain injury stratified in 30-day periods since head trauma to rehabilitation admission
We stratified 213 patients with traumatic brain injury according to their time to rehabilitation admission in three groups (0–30 days, 31–60 and 61–90) in order to (1) compare total Functional Independence Measure efficiency and effectiveness between groups; (2) analyze time to admission as predictor of TFIM at discharge. After adjusting for age, Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), Disability Rating Scale (DRS) and sex, 0–30 had the highest TFIM efficiency compared with 31–60 (P (Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research)
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Brief Research Reports Source Type: research

Berg balance scale as a tool for choosing the walking aid for patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome or polyneuropathy
Berg balance scale (BBS) is a widely used outcome measure in rehabilitation. We wanted to check if it can discriminate among levels of use of walking aid in patients with Guillain–Barré syndrome or polyneuropathy. A retrospective audit of 109 such patients (aged 16–85 years) who had completed inpatient rehabilitation in the period 2012–2017 was conducted. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis was used to estimate the thresholds that optimise the prediction of the patient’s walking aid. Statistically, significant threshold BBS score was estimated for the ability to walk without walk...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Brief Research Reports Source Type: research

Comparison of straw and cup for liquid swallowing in poststroke patients
The purposes of this study were to compare poststroke liquid swallowing methods by including a cup and a straw in videofluoroscopic swallowing studies (VFSS) and to test the hypothesis that increased aspiration would be observed with the cup compared to the straw. Eighty-five poststroke patients who had undergone VFSS using a spoon, cup, and straw were included. Penetration-aspiration scale and functional dysphagia scale (FDS) were used for assessment. These scores did not differ significantly between the cup and the straw. Higher FDS scores were found with the cup than with the straw in patients who had penetration/aspira...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Brief Research Reports Source Type: research

Feasibility and preliminary reliability and validity of remote sitting balance assessments among wheelchair users
The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility and preliminary validity and reliability of remote sitting balance assessment. Seven wheelchair users (mean age: 42.7 ± 19.74 years) participated in an in-person and remote sitting balance assessment. The assessments were compared to investigate the concurrent validity of the remote assessment. Reliability of remote assessment was evaluated using intraclass coefficient correlation (ICC) and the Bland-Altman. No significant differences were observed between the mean scores of in-person and remote administrations of the clinical tests (P’s> 0.05). High ...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Brief Research Reports Source Type: research

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity, anxiety, and depression in patients with Parkinson’s disease
The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has yielded containment measures with detrimental effects on the physical and mental health of the general population. The impacts of lockdown on clinical features in Parkinson’s disease are not well known. We aimed to compare the physical activity, anxiety–depression levels between Parkinson’s disease patients and controls during lockdown. Forty-five Parkinson’s disease patients and 43 controls were evaluated with the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) via telephone interview. The patients’ dise...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Brief Research Reports Source Type: research

Correlation between Oswestry disability index and 12-item self-administered version of World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS 2.0) in patients with chronic low back pain
In conclusion, while items defining physical functioning were mostly strongly correlated, items defining social or psychological functioning were less associated. Both scales could be used together providing valuable information regarding the functioning of people with chronic low back pain. (Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research)
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Brief Research Reports Source Type: research

Analysing the Action Research Arm Test (ARAT): a cautionary tale from the RATULS trial
This report describes an issue encountered when analysing the ARAT subscales in a trial of upper limb therapies after stroke. The subscales of the ARAT at three months followed a ‘U-shaped’ distribution, and therefore, comparing means or medians was not appropriate. A simple alternative approach was chosen that dichotomised the subscales. When analysing the ARAT, the shape of the distributions must be checked in order to choose the most appropriate descriptive and inferential statistical techniques. In particular, if the data follows a ‘U-shaped’ distribution, a simple dichotomising or a more sophis...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Brief Research Reports Source Type: research

Content validity of the Brief and Comprehensive ICF Core Sets for common disabling conditions in a developing country
The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) features associated tools, the Brief and Comprehensive ICF Core Sets. These are designed to be universally applicable, but have limited evidence of content validity (i.e. comprehensiveness and relevance) in low income, non-Western countries. In this cross-sectional study, we aimed to assess the content validity of the ICF Core Sets in Nepal. We interviewed 161 participants with stroke, spinal cord injury (SCI), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and musculoskeletal conditions and asked them to identify activities they had difficulty per...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Immediate effects of stance and swing phase training on gait in patients with stroke
To compare the effects of gait trainings targeting the stance (stance training) and the swing phases (swing training) among the subjects with stroke, and quantify the characteristics in the subjects who benefitted from either the stance training or the swing training. Sixteen subjects with stroke performed the stance training, which focused on the center of pressure to move from the heel to the forefoot, and the swing training, which focused on the improvement of hip flexion in the swing phase. To investigate the immediate effects of the stance training and the swing training, the instrumented gait analysis was performed b...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Psychometric properties of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Rehabilitation Set: a Rasch analysis
This study investigates the psychometric properties of ICF Rehabilitation Set using Rasch analysis. It was a multicenter, cross-sectional study involving 515 inpatients in the subacute or chronic phase of recovery from various health conditions selected by quota sampling (stratified by neurological, cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal and other conditions). Registered physicians or nurses used the developed operational items of the ICF Rehabilitation Set to rate patients’ functioning. A Rasch model was performed in assessing the psychometric properties of the ICF Rehabilitation Set. Good reliability was observed in the ...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

A short-term exercise program in patients with multiple sclerosis: is body mass index important?
Obesity is a health problem that can exacerbate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). In the current study, we aimed to investigate the effectiveness of a short-term exercise program on fatigue, depression, anxiety, and walking performance in normal-weight and overweight patients with MS (PwMS). Sixty-two PwMS were divided into groups according to their BMI (BMI normal/BMI high). Also, they were all included in the exercise program. The participants took a moderate-intensity walking program 5 days a week for 4 weeks, including 30 min between 5 min of warm-up and 5 min of cooling periods. Also, patients underwent breathi...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Sedentary time and physical activity patterns of stroke survivors during the inpatient rehabilitation week
Physical activity is recommended after stroke. However, the rehabilitation day is largely spent sedentary. Understanding patterns of physical activity across the rehabilitation week may help identify opportunities to improve participation. We aimed to examine: (1) differences between weekday and weekend sedentary time and physical activity, (2) the pattern of 24-h rehabilitation activity. Participants with stroke (n = 29) wore an activity monitor continuously during the final 7-days of inpatient rehabilitation. Linear mixed models (adjusted for waking hours) were performed with activity (sedentary, steps per ...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Can powered exoskeletons improve gait and balance in multiple sclerosis? A retrospective study
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive neurologic disorder that can profoundly influence mobility, independence and quality of life. Gait dysfunction in MS is common, resulting in an increased risk of losing walking ability. Robotic exoskeletons have been developed to offer a new form of locomotor training. The aim of our study was to investigate the effectiveness of the powered exoskeleton (Ekso) in improving gait and balance in patients affected by MS. Twenty patients with MS (mean ± SD: age = 43.7 ± 10.3 years; 66.7% male) were enrolled in this retrospective study. They were divided into two groups, matc...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Clinical manifestation and perceived symptoms of walking-related performance fatigability in persons with multiple sclerosis
Fatigue and walking difficulties are common impairments and activity limitations in persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS). Walking fatigability (WF) can be measured by a Distance Walked Index and is defined as a decline in walking distance of 10% or more during the six-minute walking test (6MWT). However, the clinical manifestation and perceived symptoms related to fatigability are still not well documented. Forty-nine PwMS [Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) ≤6] and 28 healthy controls (HC) performed a 6MWT. The perceived severity of 11 common symptoms was rated on a visual analogue scale of 0–10 before, im...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Long-term follow-up of patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain attending interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation: outcomes and predictive factors
In conclusion, on average, outcomes achieved during IPR persisted at long-term follow-up. Predictors of a better long-term outcome were mainly baseline characteristics. (Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research)
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Amelioration of motor and nonmotor symptoms in cortical cerebellar atrophy and multiple system atrophy-cerebellar type by inpatient rehabilitation: a retrospective study
Sporadic spinocerebellar degenerative diseases such as multiple system atrophy (cerebellar type) and cortical cerebellar atrophy typically present with cerebellar ataxia. Multiple system atrophy is characterized by ataxia, with parkinsonism, dysautonomia and neuropsychiatric symptoms, resulting in reduced quality of life. Effects of physical rehabilitation focused on motor symptoms with ataxia in nonmultiple system atrophy patients have been reported; however, without addressing concomitant nonmotor symptoms. Here, we examined the motor, nonmotor and quality of life effects of inpatient physical rehabilitation in 15 multip...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

A new valid Walking Aid Scale better predicts distance walked by prosthesis users than Prosthetic Mobility Questionnaire 2.0 and Activities-Specific Balance Confidence Scale
The availability of psychometrically-sound and parsimonious outcome measures is key for optimizing decision-making about prosthetic fitting and rehabilitation in lower limb prosthesis users. Despite the increasing clinical use of observational and self-reported scales for assessing mobility and balance, there is currently no scale that accounts for the use of assistive devices while walking under conditions of increasing difficulty. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to develop and validate a Walking Aid Scale (WAS) in a cross-sectional sample of 144 prosthesis users. Specifically, we examined internal consistency an...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - May 20, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

High-density electromyography biofeedback during robotic wrist exercises for reducing co-activation of antagonist muscles: a case report
High-density (HD) electrodes have been introduced in research and diagnostic electromyography. Recent advances in technology offer an opportunity for using the HDEMG signal as biofeedback in stroke rehabilitation. The purpose of this case study was to test the feasibility of using two 5 × 13 electrode arrays for providing real-time HDEMG biofeedback and the preliminary outcome of combining HDEMG biofeedback with robotic wrist exercises over 4 weeks in a person who suffered a stroke 26 months earlier. The isometric wrist flexion/extension task required to keep the paretic agonist activity w...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

Validation of the telephone-based assessment of locomotion ability after stroke
The aim of the study was to validate the telephone-based application of the ABILOCO questionnaire for the assessment of locomotion ability after stroke. Individuals after stroke answered the ABILOCO-Brazil questionnaire on two randomized occasions, face-to-face and by telephone, 5–7 days apart. The mean difference between the interviews was reported. Intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) was calculated to investigate the agreement between the total scores, and weighted-Kappa statistics to investigate the agreement between the individual items. A total of 92 individuals were included. There was no significan...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Brief Research Report Source Type: research

Plantarflexor strength, gait speed, and step length change in individuals with Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s disease affects the ability to walk often resulting in decreased independence and low quality of life. The purpose of this study was to examine differences in plantarflexor strength (PFS), gait speed, and step length in persons with Parkinson’s disease (PwP) and healthy peers using clinical measures. A secondary purpose was to examine the relationship between these gait components across disease severity. The study was a convenience sample of 71 PwP and 25 community healthy peers. Outcome measures included 10-Meter Walk, step length, and Calf-Raise Senior Test. PwP were separated into mild and moder...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Feasibility of subacute rehabilitation for mechanically ventilated patients with COVID-19 disease: a retrospective case series
In this case series study, we aimed to evaluate the feasibility of a subacute rehabilitation program for mechanically ventilated patients with severe consequences of COVID-19 infection. Data were retrospectively collected from seven males (age 37–61 years) who were referred for inpatient rehabilitation following the stay in the ICU (14–22 days). On admission, six patients were still supported by mechanical ventilation. All patients were first placed in isolation in a special COVID unit for 6–22 days. Patients attended 11–24 treatment sessions for the duration of rehabilitation s...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Robotic-assisted locomotor treadmill therapy does not change gait pattern in children with cerebral palsy
In this study, a detailed investigation comprehensive of electromyography patterns, where previous literature reported only sparse data without giving information on the whole gait pattern, were conducted. We carried on the analysis considering the age of the participants and the severity of the gait function. The findings differentiate the concept of specific pattern recovery (no gait pattern changes) from the concept of physical training (mild GMFM changes). (Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research)
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Effects of fatigue and kinesiophobia on functional capacity, physical activity and quality of life in Parkinson’s disease
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of fatigue and fatigue-related kinesiophobia on functional capacity, physical activity and quality of life in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Twenty patients with Parkinson’s disease were included in the study. The fatigue severity was assessed by the Fatigue Severity Scale, kinesiophobia by the Tampa Kinesiophobia Scale, functional capacity with the Six-Minute Walk Test, and quality of life was evaluated by the Parkinson’s Disease Questionnaire. In addition, the physical activity level of each patient, such as the number of steps, active energy expe...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

The associations between nutritional and functional status during recovery from Guillain–Barré syndrome: a retrospective study
Patients with Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS) are at high risk for inadequate nutrition throughout their illness, yet the wider impact of malnutrition in this population remains unknown. Thus, the purpose of our study was to investigate the associations between nutritional status and functional status at admission to inpatient rehabilitation for GBS and to determine whether the admission phase angle, a biological marker of cellular health, is a prognostic indicator of functional improvement at the end of rehabilitation. The study included 27 participants recovering from GBS who screened positive for nutritional ...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

The balance function is associated with frailty in community-dwelling older women
This study aims to explore the relationship between balance functions and frailty by using the brief balance evaluation systems test (BESTest), which can assess biomechanical constraints, stability limits/verticality, anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs), reactive postural responses, sensory orientation and stability in gait. A total of 75 community-dwelling older women were included in this cross-sectional study. We evaluated frailty by using the Kihon checklist and assessed the participants’ balance functions by using the Brief BESTest. We performed the Mann–Whitney U test and receiver operating character...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Montreal Cognitive Assessment and Frontal Assessment Battery test as a predictor of performance of unaffected hand function after subcortical stroke
The objective of this study was to elucidate the association between unaffected hand function and cognitive impairment and to determine whether the cognitive screening test can be a predictor of unaffected upper limb function in patients with unilateral subcortical strokes. A retrospective study of 37 patients with unilateral first-ever subcortical stroke was conducted through a review of medical records. The unaffected hand function and cognitive screening tests were measured upon admission to the neurorehabilitation unit and then 4 weeks later at discharge. The relationship between unaffected hand function and cognitive ...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Rasch analysis to evaluate the motor function measure for patients with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy
Patient-relevant outcome measures for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) are needed. The motor function measure (MFM) is an ordinal-based outcome measure for neuromuscular disorders, but its suitability to measure FSHD patients is questionable. Here, we performed Rasch analyses on MFM data from 194 FSHD patients to assess clinimetric properties in this patient group. Both the total scale and its three domains were analyzed (D1: standing position and transfers; D2: axial and proximal motor function; D3: distal motor function). Fit to the Rasch model, sample-item targeting, individual item fit, threshold ordering,...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

The optimal timing of supporting patients in health-related behavior change after TIA or ischemic stroke: a prospective cohort study to determinants of health-related intention to change over time
The optimal timing of an intervention to support health-related behavior after transient ischemic attack (TIA) or ischemic stroke is unknown. We aimed to assess determinants of patients’ health-related intention to change over time. We prospectively studied 100 patients with TIA or minor ischemic stroke. Patients completed questionnaires on fear, response-efficacy (belief that lifestyle change reduces risk of recurrent stroke), and self-efficacy (patients’ confidence to carry out lifestyle behavior) for behavior change, at baseline, 6 weeks and at 3 months after their TIA or ischemic stroke. We studied differen...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Assessment of aerobic fitness in individuals with and without nonspecific chronic low back pain: a pilot study
Aerobic fitness assessment in patients with low back pain (LBP) may help clinicians to plan how to progress the aerobic training. This was a pilot study designed to evaluate the performance of people with LBP on two different aerobic fitness tests performed on a treadmill and to compare the measure of aerobic fitness between people with LBP and healthy individuals. Ten people with LBP and 10 healthy individuals underwent two aerobic fitness protocols, the modified Bruce and maximum incremental test protocols, performed on a treadmill. Data collected during the protocols were: oxygen consumption, heart rate (HR), blood lact...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Effect of constraint-induced movement therapy on persons-reported outcomes of health status after stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) is used for the rehabilitation of motor function after stroke. The aim of this review was to investigate its effect on persons-reported outcomes of health status (PROsHS) compared with conventional therapy. The study was a systematic review and meta-analysis registered in PROSPERO (CRD42019142279). Five databases PubMED, PEDro, OTSeeker, CENTRAL and Web of Science were searched. Randomized controlled trials were included if they assessed PROsHS. Mean scores of PROsHS, sample size and dose of CIMT and control groups interventions were extracted. The result was analyzed using qualit...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research

Neglect syndrome in post-stroke conditions: assessment and treatment (scoping review)
There is no consensus about the definition or most effective treatment for neglect syndrome. The aim of this review was therefore to evaluate the results of trials that investigated different treatment methods for neglect syndrome. A systematic literature search in PubMed and Web of Science databases was performed to identify studies that investigated the effects of neglect therapies. Authors followed Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses statement. Studies were selected by two assayers, and disagreement was resolved by a third reviewer. The literature search identified 202 articles: 19 met the...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research

COVID-19 pandemic: why time-dependent rehabilitation is forgotten
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Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - February 13, 2021 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research

Cognitive behavior therapy-based intervention for a subacute stroke patient with severe fear of falling: a case report
We present the case of a 42-year-old man with subacute stroke who developed remarkable fear of falling and eventually recovered with an approach based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The CBT-based approach was implemented after the patient developed significant fear of falling with exacerbated obsessive-compulsive symptoms appeared immediately after a fall. The patient’s anxiety decreased over time, and his ability to perform these tasks and activities of daily living improved accordingly. After 6 weeks of intervention, his anxiety toward gait and stairs almost disappeared; additionally, he achieved modified i...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Case Report Source Type: research

Cost and cost-effectiveness of early inpatient rehabilitation after stroke varies with initial disability: the Czech Republic perspective
The purpose of this prospective study was to determine whether the cost and cost-effectiveness of early rehabilitation after stroke are associated with the degree of initial disability. The data for cost calculations were collected by the bottom-up (micro-costing) method alongside the standard inpatient care. The total sample included 87 patients who were transferred from acute care to early rehabilitation unit of three participating stroke centers at the median time poststroke of 11 days (range 4–69 days). The study was pragmatic so that all hospitals followed their standard therapeutic procedures. For...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Sleep quality in individuals with short—duration chronic spinal cord injury
The aim of the study is to estimate the association between spinal cord injuries related medical factors and subjective sleep disturbance in individuals with short-duration chronic spinal cord injury. Seventy-nine individuals with traumatic spinal cord injuries were included in our study and evaluated using the Beck Depression Index for severity of depressive symptoms, Short-Form Health Survey for quality of life, Douleur Neuropathique 4 score for neuropathic pain severity, and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index for subjective sleep disturbances in a tertiary rehabilitation center. Associated subjective sleep disturbance f...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Exploratory analysis of randomized clinical trials in physiotherapy aimed at improving walking speed after stroke
The purpose of the present study was to examine the main characteristics of clinical trials in physiotherapy aimed at improving walking speed after stroke, as well as the correlation between trials’ methodological quality and journals’ Impact Factor. Searches were conducted on Physiotherapy Evidence Database for all randomized controlled trials aiming at improving walking speed after stroke. Data extracted from the studies were: continent, language, methodological quality, year of publication, number of normalized citations, open access, sample size, measurements of walking speed, interventions, comparators, an...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Effect of a training program of overground walking on BTS gait parameters in elderly women during single and dual cognitive tasks
We tested the hypothesis that a regular training program might reduce gait disturbances during dual cognitive-motor tasks in elderly women. This open-label experimental study comprised 53 postmenopausal women aged over 65, who were assigned to a 10-week training program (360 min/week). A BTS SMART system examination during free walking and during dual tasks [i.e., walking while performing either a simple (SCT) or a complex (CCT) cognitive task] was performed prior to the training program and again after it had finished. After the 10-week walking training program, a significant decrease was found in the duration of s...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

The moderating effects of pain catastrophizing on the relationship between illness perceptions and self-reported signs of central sensitization in patients with persistent pain
Two factors related to the continuation of persistent pain are pain catastrophizing and illness perceptions. Pain neuroscience education is known to positively influence both in patients with persistent pain. As the integration of pain neuroscience education in monodisciplinary physiotherapy treatments is effective, integration in transdisciplinary cognitive-behavioral treatments seems recommendable. When doing so, the moderating effect of pain catastrophizing and perceptions on treatment results have to be examined, as these provide valuable information under which conditions treatment works. A bottom-up retrospective obs...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

A short-term oral corticosteroid for refractory lumbar spinal stenosis: a double-blinded randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial
Although epidural corticosteroids have been evaluated for the lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) as an alternative treatment, oral corticosteroids have not been considered as a possible option for the patients with constant pain who have resistant against routine treatments. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the efficacy of the short-term, low-dose oral prednisolone for refractory LSS. In this double-blinded randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial, 100 participants with the refractory LSS were selected from the out-patient clinics; however, 7 of them excluded before randomization. The patients were randomly allocat...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

A comparison of three balance-assessment scales for patients after stroke with various levels of balance disorder
It is often difficult for the clinician to choose the most appropriate balance-assessment measure. We wanted to facilitate this decision based on the stroke patient’s functional abilities. The aim of our study was to compare three established scales [Berg Balance Scale (BBS), mini-BESTest (MBT) and Functional Gait Assessment (FGA)] in terms of responsiveness, floor and ceiling effects at different levels of ambulation as defined by the Functional Ambulation Classification (FAC). The 18-month prospective study included 88 patients after cerebral stroke, who were able to walk independently or with assistance of one per...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Diagnostic dependence of muscle strength measurements and the risk of falls in the elderly
Low muscle strength appears to increase balance disorders and the tendency to fall. Diagnostic terms indicate that sarcopenia and risks of falling are related. The aim of this study is to verify which diagnostic tools used for the assessment of muscle strength in sarcopenia can be used for fall risk assessment in older women. The study included 56 females [71.77 ± 7.43(SD)]. The results of handgrip strength (HGS) and knee extensors torque [knee extension strength (KES)] were compared to the results of stabilographic parameters from Biodex Balance System platform in static and dynamic environment. The one-way ANOVA a...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Maze test score time adjustments when using nondominant hand in fitness-to-drive assessments
This study investigated if a person’s OT-DHMT score time requires adjustment when completed with a nondominant hand. The OT-DHMT was administered with a convenience sample of 148 community-dwelling participants, aged 21–81 years (M = 48.6, SD = 19.38) using both their dominant and nondominant hands, in a random order. OT-DHMT score times were significantly faster when using dominant (M = 15.73) compared with nondominant (M = 17.64) hand, d = 1.91 [confidence interval (CI) 1.13, 2.69], t = 4.84, P  (Source: Internat...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Clinical features and physical performance in multiple sclerosis patients with and without cognitive impairment: a cross-sectional study
The factors associated with cognitive functions in patients with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) are not yet clear. The aims of this study were (1) to compare clinical features and physical performance in healthy controls, and PwMS with and without cognitive impairment, and (2) to determine the relationship between cognitive domains and demographics characteristics, clinical features and physical performance in PwMS. A total of 112 PwMS and 25 healthy controls participated in this study. Cognitive functions were evaluated by Brief Repeatable Battery of Neuropsychological Tests (BRB-N). Based on cognitive performances by BRB-N, P...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Clinical risk factors for post-stroke urinary incontinence during rehabilitation
Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common problem after stroke. Risk factors for UI seem to be multifactorial. There is still controversy in which risk factors contribute to UI. The aim of this study was to investigate risk factors for UI in stroke patients during rehabilitation. Study investigated 150 participants after the first stroke consecutively admitted to a post-acute inpatient rehabilitation program. They were divided into continence and incontinence group according to continence status on rehabilitation admission. Data about sociodemographic factors, functional status, comorbidities, current medications, type and loc...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Transcranial direct current stimulation for improving ambulation after stroke: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Achieving a sufficient level of functional ambulation remains to be a challenge to most stroke survivors. Different modes of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) have been applied for improving various aspects of walking and mobility following stroke. However, systematic reviews before 2017 provided only general effects of tDCS on limited walking outcomes. Therefore, the aims of this study were to update the evidence of tDCS for improving walking and mobility after stroke with emphasis on individual outcomes and to delineate the effects of different modes of tDCS in subgroup analysis. The systematic search of Pub...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research

Capacitive and resistive electric transfer therapy in rehabilitation: a systematic review
Capacitive and resistive electric transfer (CRET) therapy is a physical treatment modality commonly used to treat musculoskeletal pain. It normally uses a longwave radiofrequency of ~0.5 MHz. The system consists of a neutral plate and two different electrodes that can transfer energy in two modalities: capacitive and resistive. The aim of this systematic review was to identify and summarize the available data in the literature on this physical modality. From a search of articles published before December 2019 in MEDLINE and Scopus indexed journals, we retrieved 276 articles, 13 of which met the inclusion criteria for this ...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research

From the Editor
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Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - November 12, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Editorial Source Type: research

Toward implementation of the International Classification of Functioning Generic-30 (Rehabilitation) Set into clinical and research settings in Croatia
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Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - August 13, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research

The suspected SARS-Cov-2 infection in a Charcot-Marie-Tooth patient undergoing postsurgical rehabilitation: the value of telerehabilitation for evaluation and continuing treatment
We report, to the best of our knowledge, the first case of a probable COVID-19 infection in a 28-year-old man with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. The diagnosis was established through a remote interaction with the patient after early discharge from outpatient therapy due to upcoming traveling restrictions. The COVID-19 disease appeared mild, without major respiratory problems, and no obvious neuromuscular deterioration was reported or observed. Telerehabilitation provided an opportunity to continue with hand rehabilitation after tendon transfer surgery, perform an ad-hoc online evaluation, and advise the patient how to preve...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - August 13, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Case Reports Source Type: research

Effects of serious games in strength and functionality of patients with ulnar nerve lesion: two single-case reports
The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of serious games on hand muscle strength and functionality in a series of cases with ulnar nerve damage. Two patients were included in this 16-week intervention study using biofeedback. Electromyography electrodes and dynamometers were used in treatment. Functionality was assessed by Rosen and Lundborg score, Disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand (DASH) questionnaire and International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Grip and pinch strength were assessed by dynamometers. Results revealed an increase in sensory domain of Rosen and Lund...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - August 13, 2020 Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Case Reports Source Type: research