Fariborz Rahimi

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Chronic administration of levodopa, while producing an "awakening" in patients with Parkinson disease (PD), causes disabling side effects such as motor fluctuations and dyskinesia. Indeed the most common reason for deep brain stimulation (DBS) in patients with PD is for treating these complications. However, our understanding of the complexities of these(More)
While many studies have reported on the use of kinematic analysis on well-controlled, in-laboratory mobility tasks, few studies have examined the challenges of recording dynamic mobility in home environments. This preliminary study evaluated whole body mobility in eleven patients with Parkinson disease (H&Y 2-4). Patients were recorded in their home(More)
Recently, much attention has been given to the use of inertial sensors for remote monitoring of individuals with limited mobility. However, the focus has been mostly on the detection of symptoms, not specific activities. The objective of the present study was to develop an automated recognition and segmentation algorithm based on inertial sensor data to(More)
OBJECTIVE One the greatest challenges of BoNT A therapy for tremor lies in the complexity and variation of components involved in tremor movement, and the lack of objective measures to determine these components. This 3 month open-label single injection study aims to couple clinician best judgment with kinematics to improve effect of BoNT A(More)
Previous, studies have demonstrated variability in the frequency and amplitude in tremor between subjects and between trials in both healthy individuals and those with disease states. However, to date, few studies have examined the composition of tremor. Efficacy of treatment for tremor using techniques such as Botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNT A) injection(More)
Upper limb motor blocks (ULMB) (inability to initiate or sudden discontinue in voluntary movements) have been identified in both unimanual and bimanual tasks in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD). In particular, ULMB have been observed during rhythmic bimanual coordination when switching between phase patterns which is required (e.g. between in-phase(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment options for essential (ET) and Parkinson disease (PD) tremor are suboptimal, with significant side effects. Botulinum toxin type A (BoNT A) is successfully used in management of various focal movement disorders but is not widely used for tremor. METHOD This study examines complexity of wrist tremor in terms of involvement of its three(More)
Biofeedback signals have been frequently used for rehabilitation purposes, and in design and calibration of orthotic and prosthetic devices. Whenever one or a couple of muscles of a joint are chosen for rehabilitation or control of a device, it's assumed that a specific load sharing or activation pattern exists among them for each individual and for each(More)
OBJECTIVE Effective treatment for functional disability caused by essential tremor is a significant unmet need faced by many clinicians today. Current literature regarding focal therapy by botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) injections uses fixed dosing regimens, which cannot be individualized, provides only limited functional benefit and unacceptable muscle(More)
INTRODUCTION Writer's cramp is a specific focal hand dystonia causing abnormal posturing and tremor in the upper limb. The most popular medical intervention, botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNT-A) therapy, is variably effective for 50-70% of patients. BoNT-A non-responders undergo ineffective treatment and may experience significant side effects. Various(More)