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OBJECTIVE To examine the interobserver reliability of the assessment of lumbar range of motion (ROM) and maximal isometric strength in patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP) using commercially available equipment. DESIGN A prospective repeated-measures design. SETTING Ambulatory care in a university hospital. PARTICIPANTS Twelve patients (5 men, 7(More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of occipital nerve stimulation (ONS) as a surgical treatment for fibromyalgia in a placebo-controlled design. MATERIALS AND METHODS Eleven patients were selected based on the American College of Rheumatology-90 criteria and implanted with an occipital nerve trial-lead stimulator. Baseline(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the interobserver reliability and intrasubject variability of the assessment of lumbar range of motion (ROM) and maximal isometric strength in asymptomatic subjects by using commercially available equipment. DESIGN A cross-sectional repeated-measures design. SETTING Ambulatory care in a university hospital. PARTICIPANTS(More)
BACKGROUND Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread chronic pain. Due to the high prevalence and high costs, it has a substantial burden on society. Treatment results are diverse and only help a small subset of patients. C2 nerve field stimulation, aka occipital nerve stimulation, is helpful and a minimally invasive treatment for primary(More)
In order to examine the relative impairment of the diaphragm and other skeletal muscles in systolic ventricular dysfunction (VD), their structure and function were compared between rats with VD induced by left coronary artery ligation (n = 17) and sham-operated rats (Co, n = 10). In addition, in an attempt to unravel the mechanism of the observed(More)
This study aimed to elucidate changes in respiratory muscles and their mechanism in cardiomyopathy. The contractile properties and histology of the diaphragm, as well as serum levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1, were examined in 10 hamsters with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (CM) and 10 controls. At 28 weeks, body weight in CM was reduced(More)
It is well-established that in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), exercise is limited by fatigue and shortness of breath. The poor correlation between the fatigue and indices of central haemodynamic function might indicate that peripheral muscle alterations contribute to impaired exercise capacity. Intrinsic abnormalities of the skeletal muscles(More)
The authors suggest some criteria by which pseudodystrophy and reflex sympathetic dystrophy, although sharing some similar clinical features, can be distinguished as two different conditions, each requiring its own approach and management. The most important distinction is found on bone scintigraphy. In reflex sympathetic dystrophy the bone scan shows a(More)
The objective of the study was to evaluate the breathing pattern in patients with chronic non-specific low back pain (LBP) and in healthy subjects, both at rest and during motor control tests. Ten healthy subjects and ten patients with chronic LBP participated at this case-control study. The breathing pattern was evaluated at rest (standing and supine(More)
Fibromyalgia is a common disease with a high economic burden. The etiology of this disease remains unclear, as there are no specific abnormalities on clinical or technical examinations. Evidence suggests that central pain sensitization at the brain pain matrix might be involved. Understanding the pain characteristics of this disease is of importance both(More)