Ridvan Ozker

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OBJECTIVES To investigate the relationships among chronic low-back pain and obesity, total spinal range of motion, and trunk muscle strength. The short-term impact of trunk muscle strengthening exercises on this condition was also examined. DESIGN A controlled, prospective study of trunk muscle strengths of patients with chronic low-back pain and the(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the value of isokinetic dynamometric measurement of passive resistance in quantifying spasticity. SETTING Turkey. METHODS Thirty-three spastic spinal cord-injured patients and 14 age-matched normal individuals were studied. Five consecutive flexion-extensions of the knee, abduction-adductions of the hip, and dorsal-plantar(More)
Calcitonin is a hormone produced by the parafollicular cells of the thyroid gland. Like calcium salts, calcitonin acts by reducing bone resorption. In this study, 26 osteoporotic patients were given 100 IU salmon calcitonin for 10 days and, thereafter, 100 IU calcitonin every other day for 80 days combined with 1000 mg/day calcium salts. Prior to and after(More)
INTRODUCTION Healthy individuals have a nocturnal decrease in urine output due to increased plasma antidiuretic hormone levels at night. This does not occur in spinal cord injury and most patients experience nocturnal polyuria, which triggers dysreflexic crises secondary to urinary bladder overdistension, and interferes with patients' sleep due to the need(More)
OBJECTIVES (i) To document gait improvement at walking performance and to point out the correlations between movement patterns in patients with hemiparesis using the Wisconsin Gait Scale (WGS, which is a visual gait analysis system that examines 14 observable variables related to the hemiplegic gait deviations); (ii) To identify correlations between(More)
Twenty male volleyball players were taken for this study and during an 8-week-period they did physical conditioning exercises by weight training 5 days a week. Physical fitness tests, auditory and visual reaction times were measured at the beginning and at the end of training period. When results statistically analysed, it was observed that physical(More)
Idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis (IRF) is a rare rheumatologic disease with obscure pathogenesis. Its manifestations depend upon the structures involved. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is usually seen in male patients over 45 years of age and characterized by new bone formation at the entheses. The dorsal spine is most commonly involved,(More)