Donald Bloswick

Learn More
UNLABELLED Carpal tunnel syndrome presents a constellation of symptoms which include discomfort (eg, pain, paraesthesia) and diminished sense of touch. This exploratory study simultaneously measured changes in tactile threshold and discomfort ratings during prolonged wrist flexion in symptomatic patients from a rehabilitation clinic and from a control(More)
Weakness of the hip extensor muscles contributes to the walking impairment of children with cerebral palsy, but it is difficult to strengthen these muscles. This study demonstrates greater activation of the hip extensor muscles when using a tricycle developed for this purpose than when using a traditional tricycle. The hip-extensor tricycle was also found(More)
BACKGROUND Few prospective cohort studies of workplace low back pain (LBP) with quantified job physical exposure have been performed. There are few prospective epidemiological studies for LBP occupational risk factors and reported data generally have few adjustments for many personal and psychosocial factors. METHODS/DESIGN A multi-center prospective(More)
BACKGROUND Many factors can affect a surgeon's performance in the operating room; these may include surgeon comfort, ergonomics of tool handle design, and fatigue. A laparoscopic tool handle designed with ergonomic considerations (pistol grip) was tested against a current market tool with a traditional pinch grip handle. The goal of this study is to(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate relationships between the revised NIOSH lifting equation (RNLE) and risk of low-back pain (LBP). BACKGROUND The RNLE is commonly used to quantify job physical stressors to the low back from lifting and/or lowering of loads. There is no prospective study on the relationship between RNLE and LBP that includes(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the revised NIOSH lifting equation (RNLE) and risk of seeking care for low-back pain (SC-LBP). BACKGROUND The RNLE is commonly used to quantify low-back physical stressors from lifting/lowering of loads in workplaces. There is no prospective study on relationship between RNLE and(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the feasibility of predicting static and dynamic peak back-compressive forces based on (1) static back compressive force values at the lift origin and destination and (2) lifting speed. METHODS Ten male subjects performed symmetric mid-sagittal floor-to-shoulder, floor-to-waist, and waist-to-shoulder lifts at three different speeds(More)
The relationship between specific motions and symptoms consistent with upper extremity cumulative trauma disorders (UECTDs) was investigated in 50 supermarket checkers. Each completed a questionnaire concerning UECTD symptoms; four composite symptom indices were derived: any arm symptoms, hand-wrist-lower arm (S-DIST), upper arm, and symptoms specifically(More)
BACKGROUND Few prospective cohort studies of distal upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders have been performed. Past studies have provided somewhat conflicting evidence for occupational risk factors and have largely reported data without adjustments for many personal and psychosocial factors. METHODS/DESIGN A multi-center prospective cohort study was(More)
The design and testing of a modified tricycle (hip extensor tricycle) designed to isolate and exercise the hip extensor muscles in children with cerebral palsy is presented. Initial laboratory tests involved stability evaluation and EMG studies of two normal children. Field evaluation involved five children diagnosed with cerebral palsy who were given hip(More)