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Objective: To determine whether the appearance of a radial extracorporeal shock wave device affects clinical outcomes in chronic plantar fasciitis.
Study design: Randomized controlled parallel assessor-blinded clinical trial.
Material and methods: A total of 135 patients were assigned to 3 groups: group I, standard radial extracorporeal shock wave device; group II, standard radial extracorpore ...
Objective: To quantify and compare the course of health-related quality of life of immigrant native Italian-speaking and German-speaking patients before and after an interdisciplinary pain programme.
Design: Prospective cohort study with 1–12 month follow-up.
Subjects: Fibromyalgia, generalized widespread pain, and chronic non-specific back pain patients (Italian-speaking n = 96, German-sp ...
Objective: The aim of this pilot randomized study was to assess the efficacy potential of an electromyo-graphic biofeedback-assisted exercise programme on clinical and functional outcomes of hemiplegic patients in comparison with sham electromyogra-phic biofeedback.
Patients and methods: Thirty-four patients with hemiplegia were randomized into 2 groups. Both groups participated in an inpatient r ...
Objectives: To investigate the effectiveness of contralaterally controlled functional
electrical stimulation (CCFES) on the recovery of active wrist dorsiflexion and upper limb function in patients with early-phase stroke (<15 days post-stroke).
Methods: Patients in the CCFES group were treated with routine rehabilitation combined with CCFES, while those in the conventional neuromuscular electri ...
Objective: Sex-specific medicine requires understanding of the specific therapeutic needs and patho-physiology of men and women. In these terms, we investigated sex-related differences in the gait kinematics of patients with Down syndrome.
Design: Retrospective observational cohort study.
Subjects: A sample of 230 patients (103 females) aged 7–50 years underwent a standard gait-analysis test ...
Background: Pre-clinical evidence suggests a period
early after stroke during which the brain is most receptive to rehabilitation, if it is provided as high-dose motor training.
Objective: To evaluate the feasibility of repetitive gait training within the first 3 months post-stroke and the effects on gait-specific outcomes.
Methods: PubMed, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, Rehab Data and PEDr ...
Objective: To critically appraise published clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for brain tumours, and to synthesize evidence-based recommendations from a rehabilitation perspective.
Methods: A comprehensive literature search included: health science databases, CPG clearinghouse/developer websites, and grey literature up to March 2018. All brain tumour CPGs that reported systematic methods for e ...
Objectives: Rehabilitation of patients following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) has been widely studied; however, research into early rehabilitation after CABG is sparse. The aim of this trial was to assess the impact of early rehabilitation, compared with usual care in patients following CABG.
Design: Randomized controlled trial.
Patients: A total of 326 patients treated with CABG.
Objective: To assess the effects of manually assisted body-weight supported locomotor training in subjects with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury.
Design: Randomized controlled clinical trial.
Subjects: Twenty subjects with American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale grades C or D and > 2 years post-injury.
Methods: Random allocation to 60 days of body-weight supported locomotor ...
Objective: To investigate the therapeutic effects of mechanical inspiration and expiration exercise using mechanical cough assist on velopharyngeal incompetence in patients with subacute stroke.
Design: Pilot, randomized controlled study.
Setting: University-based rehabilitation centre.
Subjects: Thirty-six patients with subacute stroke diagnosed with velopharyngeal incompetence by videofluoros ...
Objective: To understand clients’ experiences of the recovery journey through the compensation system and to identify areas and strategies for quality improvement.
Methods: A qualitative study of 23 participants with physical or mental disabilities caused by traffic accidents, which occurred, on average, 4 years ago. Purposive sampling of long-term recovery clients who made a compensation claim ...