Upper Extremity

Publication Title: 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

OBJECTIVE: This prospective diagnostic test study evaluated the relationship between interpretation criteria and accuracy of the Upper Limb Neurodynamic Test 1 (ULNT1) in the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. METHODS: A blind comparison with a reference criterion of typical clinical presentation and abnormal median nerve conduction was used. All subjects were first tested with nerve conduction studies and then with ULNT1. Each examiner was blinded to the results collected by the other examiners. RESULTS: We analyzed 47 subjects and 84 limbs.

Author(s): 
Vanti, Carla
Bonfiglioli, Roberta
Calabrese, Monica
Marinelli, Francesco
Violante, Francesco Saverio
Pillastrini, Paolo
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

BACKGROUND: In the UK, patients frequently choose complementary (CAM) therapies, particularly for chronic painful musculoskeletal conditions. It is widely agreed that better integration of complementary and traditional healthcare is desirable. We piloted the Benefits and Risks of Treatment Questionnaire to compare the views of different healthcare practitioners about traditional and alternative approaches in one clinical scenario in order to assess barriers to effective integration.

Author(s): 
Denyer, Karen
Smith, Helen
Davies, Kevin
Horne, Rob
Hankins, Matthew
Walker-Bone, Karen
Publication Title: 
Voenno-Medit͡sinskiĭ Zhurnal

This article discusses the possibility of optimizing the organizational and methodological approaches to the medical rehabilitation of the wounded from the consequences of combat trauma of the upper extremities in rehabilitation center. Clearly the implementation of organizational measures and technologies optimized medical rehabilitation, restoration of function provided the injured extremity: total of 152 (64%) injuries, partial in 26 (11%) injuries, as well as the stability of long-term results.

Author(s): 
Beliakin, S. A.
Burlak, A. M.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to complete a systematic review of manual and manipulative therapy (MMT) for common upper extremity pain and disorders including the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). METHODS: A literature search was conducted using the Cumulative Index of Nursing Allied Health Literature, PubMed, Manual, Alternative, and Natural Therapy Index System (MANTIS), Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro), Index to Chiropractic Literature, Google Scholar, and hand search inclusive of literature from January 1983 to March 5, 2012.

Author(s): 
Brantingham, James W.
Cassa, Tammy Kay
Bonnefin, Debra
Pribicevic, Mario
Robb, Andrew
Pollard, Henry
Tong, Victor
Korporaal, Charmaine
Publication Title: 
Integrative Cancer Therapies

HYPOTHESIS: Qigong exercise is a popular method for relieving the side effects of conventional cancer treatments in survivors of breast cancer, yet its effects are not empirically assessed. This study aimed to investigate the effects of qigong exercise on upper limb lymphedema, arterial resistance, and blood flow velocity in survivors with breast cancer and mastectomy. STUDY DESIGN: This study was conducted as a prospective clinical trial.

Author(s): 
Fong, Shirley S. M.
Ng, Shamay S. M.
Luk, W. S.
Chung, Joanne W. Y.
Ho, Jacqueline S. C.
Ying, Michael
Ma, Ada W. W.
Publication Title: 
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the extent to which adding a challenge to a reach test would increase the limit of stability (LOS) in young and old individuals. DESIGN: While standing on a force plate, with infrared markers on bony landmarks for motion analysis, 15 old (mean [SD], 70 [7] yrs old) and 15 young (mean [SD], 24 [2] yrs old) participants completed the modified functional reach test, in which they were asked to touch the farthest target possible in a series.

Author(s): 
Spreitzer, Lisa
Perkins, Jan
Ustinova, Ksenia I.
Publication Title: 
Cancer

BACKGROUND: Current treatments for lymphedema after breast cancer treatment are expensive and require ongoing intervention. Clinical experience and our preliminary published results suggest that acupuncture is safe and potentially useful. This study evaluates the safety and potential efficacy of acupuncture on upper-limb circumference in women with lymphedema. METHODS: Women with a clinical diagnosis of breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) for 0.5-5 years and with affected arm circumference ≥2 cm larger than unaffected arm received acupuncture treatment twice weekly for 4 weeks.

Author(s): 
Cassileth, Barrie R.
Van Zee, Kimberly J.
Yeung, K. Simon
Coleton, Marci I.
Cohen, Sara
Chan, Yi H.
Vickers, Andrew J.
Sjoberg, Daniel D.
Hudis, Clifford A.
Publication Title: 
Clinical Interventions in Aging

BACKGROUND: This study investigated the clinical efficacy of electroacupuncture (EA) in inhibiting upper-extremity spasticity in chronic stroke patients, and also in mapping a unique preliminary acupoint-selection protocol. METHODS: Fifteen patients were divided into two groups: patients in the control group (n=6) received minimal acupuncture (MA), and those in the experimental group (n=9) received EA.

Author(s): 
Wang, Bi-Huei
Lin, Chien-Lin
Li, Te-Mao
Lin, Shih-Din
Lin, Jaung-Geng
Chou, Li-Wei

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