Elements for Successful Functional Result After Surgical Treatment of Intra-Articular Distal Humeral Fractures.

Elements for successful functional result after surgical treatment of intra-articular distal humeral fractures.

Acta Clin Croat. 2012 Dec; 51(4): 627-31
Darabos N, Bajs ID, Sabali? S, Pavi? R, Darabos A, Cengi? T

Intra-articular distal humeral fractures (DHF) present great challenge to an orthopedic-trauma surgeon. We analyzed the relationship between functional results of DHF surgical treatment and elements that can affect patient recovery. During the 5-year follow-up study, 32 patients were treated for DHF at our Trauma Department, 30 of them by surgical procedure. Functional results of surgical treatment were scored according to the Jupiter criteria. According to the A-O classification of DHF, there were 11 type A fractures, 5 type B fractures and 14 type C fractures. Postoperative complications were infections, neural lesions, inadequate healing, and instability of osteosynthesis. Analysis of functional results in patients with operated C type fractures according to different elements influencing postoperative result revealed correct healing in 74% of patients, which was statistically significantly higher than the percentage of unsatisfactory results (p < 0.05). Study results provided evidence for patient age, sex, infection, neural function preservation, successful and rigid fixation, anatomical reconstruction of articular surface, and early rehabilitation to be significant elements for successful functional recovery. HubMed – rehab


Mental rotation: effects of gender, training and sleep consolidation.

PLoS One. 2013; 8(3): e60296
Debarnot U, Piolino P, Baron JC, Guillot A

A wide range of experimental studies have provided evidence that a night of sleep contributes to memory consolidation. Mental rotation (MR) skill is characterized by fundamental aspect of both cognitive and motor abilities which can be improved within practice sessions, but little is known about the effect of consolidation after MR practice. In the present study, we investigated the effect of MR training and the following corresponding day- and sleep-related time consolidations in taking into account the well-established gender difference in MR. Forty participants (20 women) practiced a computerized version of the Vandenberg and Kuse MR task. Performance was evaluated before MR training, as well as prior to, and after a night of sleep or a similar daytime interval. Data showed that while men outperformed women during the pre-training test, brief MR practice was sufficient for women to achieve equivalent performance. Only participants subjected to a night of sleep were found to enhance MR performance during the retest, independently of gender. These results provide first evidence that a night of sleep facilitates MR performance compared with spending a similar daytime interval, regardless gender of the participants. Since MR is known to involve motor processes, the present data might contribute to schedule relevant mental practice interventions for fruitful applications in rehabilitation and motor learning processes. HubMed – rehab


High-intensity, occupation-specific training in a series of firefighters during phase II cardiac rehabilitation.

Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2013 Apr; 26(2): 106-8
Adams J, Cheng D, Berbarie RF

Six male firefighters who were referred to phase II cardiac rehabilitation after coronary revascularization participated in a specialized regimen of high-intensity, occupation-specific training (HIOST) that simulated firefighting tasks. During each session, the electrocardiogram, heart rate, and blood pressure were monitored, and the patients were observed for adverse symptoms. No patient had to discontinue HIOST because of adverse arrhythmias or symptoms. For physicians who must make decisions about return to work, the information collected over multiple HIOST sessions might be more thorough and conclusive than the information gained during a single treadmill exercise stress test (the recommended evaluation method). HubMed – rehab


Rhythm, movement, and autism: using rhythmic rehabilitation research as a model for autism.

Front Integr Neurosci. 2013; 7: 19
Hardy MW, Lagasse AB

Recently, there has been increased focus on movement and sensory abnormalities in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This has come from research demonstrating cortical and cerebellar differences in autism, with suggestion of early cerebellar dysfunction. As evidence for an extended profile of ASD grows, there are vast implications for treatment and therapy for individuals with autism. Persons with autism are often provided behavioral or cognitive strategies for navigating their environment; however, these strategies do not consider differences in motor functioning. One accommodation that has not yet been explored in the literature is the use of auditory rhythmic cueing to improve motor functioning in ASD. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the potential impact of auditory rhythmic cueing for motor functioning in persons with ASD. To this effect, we review research on rhythm in motor rehabilitation, draw parallels to motor dysfunction in ASD, and propose a rationale for how rhythmic input can improve sensorimotor functioning, thereby allowing individuals with autism to demonstrate their full cognitive, behavioral, social, and communicative potential. HubMed – rehab



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