Frank J E Falco

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Nerve conduction studies are increasingly being performed on elderly individuals; however, no standardized data for the elderly population exists to provide an accurate interpretation of electrodiagnostic findings. The purpose of this study was to provide standardized data in the healthy elderly for the nerves of the upper limb that are routinely chosen for(More)
Median, ulnar, and radial nerve conduction studies (NCS) were performed in 44 subjects. Student's t-test was used to compare nerve conduction velocities (NCV), distal latencies (DL), and distal amplitudes (DAMP) for the two sexes. Only the sensory DAMPs showed statistical significance (p < .001) for gender. Women had greater mean median (52.4 microV vs 31.4(More)
Temperature control and standardized technique, along with consideration of age, height, finger circumference, and instrumentation is imperative for appropriate interpretation of electrodiagnostic studies. Normative data must be based on these factors in adequate numbers of healthy subjects. This study provides comprehensive normative electrodiagnostic data(More)
OBJECTIVE Low back pain affects many individuals. It has profound effects on well-being and is often the cause of significant physical and psychological health impairments. Low back pain also affects work performance and social responsibilities, such as family life, and is increasingly a major factor in escalating health-care costs. A global review of the(More)
BACKGROUND Comprehensive, evidence-based guidelines for interventional techniques in the management of chronic spinal pain are described here to provide recommendations for clinicians. OBJECTIVE To develop evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for interventional techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic spinal pain. DESIGN Systematic(More)
Nerve conduction studies are commonly performed in elderly individuals. No complete set of reference data for the distal lower limb nerves exists for this population, making it difficult to accurately interpret electrodiagnostic findings. The purpose of this study was to provide reliable reference data by comprehensively examining conduction characteristics(More)
RESULTS Part 2 of the guidelines on responsible opioid prescribing provides the following recommendations for initiating and maintaining chronic opioid therapy of 90 days or longer. 1. A) Comprehensive assessment and documentation is recommended before initiating opioid therapy, including documentation of comprehensive history, general medical condition,(More)
BACKGROUND Opioid abuse has continued to increase at an alarming rate since the 1990 s. As documented by different medical specialties, medical boards, advocacy groups, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, available evidence suggests a wide variance in chronic opioid therapy of 90 days or longer in chronic non-cancer pain. Part 1 describes evidence(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Despite ongoing clinical suspicion regarding the relationship between sacroiliac joint (SIJ) dysfunction and lower extremity symptoms, there is a paucity of scientific literature addressing this topic. The purpose of this study was to describe patterns of contrast extravasation during SIJ arthrography and postarthrography CT in(More)
BACKGROUND The high prevalence of chronic persistent neck pain not only leads to disability but also has a significant economic, societal, and health impact. Among multiple modalities of treatments prescribed in the management of neck and upper extremity pain, surgical, interventional and conservative modalities have been described. Cervical epidural(More)