Stefano Masiero

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OBJECTIVE To investigate whether early therapy with a novel robotic device can reduce motor impairment and enhance functional recovery of poststroke patients with hemiparetic and hemiplegic upper limb. DESIGN A single-blind randomized controlled trial, with an 8-month follow-up. SETTING Neurologic department and rehabilitation hospital. PARTICIPANTS(More)
AIM To investigate the annual (2005) prevalence of nonspecific low back pain (LBP), defined as lumbago not attributed to recognizable, known specific pathology, in a population of adolescents. METHODS We investigated 7542 school teenagers with a structured questionnaire consisting of demographic and anthropometric items, psychosocial factors and life(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the 2- (T1) and 6-month (T2) followup effects on pain, spine mobility, physical function, and disability outcome of a rehabilitation intervention in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) stabilized with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor therapy. METHODS Sixty-two outpatients (49 men, 13 women, mean age 47.5 ± 10.6 yrs) were(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the 12-month's follow-up effects on pain, mobility, and physical function outcomes of a supervised training and home-based rehabilitation for ankylosing spondylitis patients stabilized with TNF-inhibitor therapy. DESIGN Controlled clinical trial (sequentially determined allocation) with 12-months' follow-up. SETTING Patients' homes.(More)
Meniscal injuries represent one of the most frequent lesions in sport practicing and in particular in soccer players and skiers. Pain, functional limitation and swelling are typical symptoms associated with meniscal tears. Epidemiological studies showed that all meniscal lesions, in different sports athletes, involves 24% of medial meniscus, while 8% of(More)
This paper presents the development of and clinical tests on NeReBot (NEuroREhabilitation roBOT): a three degrees-of-freedom (DoF), wire-driven robot for poststroke upper-limb rehabilitation. Basically, the robot consists of a set of three wires independently driven by three electric motors. The wires are connected to the patient's upper limb by means of a(More)
The layers of loose connective tissue within deep fasciae were studied with particular emphasis on the histochemical distribution of hyaluronan (HA). Samples of deep fascia together with the underlying muscles were taken from neck, abdomen and thigh from three fresh non-embalmed cadavers. Samples were stained with hematoxylin–eosin, Azan-Mallory, Alcian(More)
In the last three years, a wire-based robot called the NeReBot (NEuroREhabilitation roBOT) was developed at the Robotics Laboratory of the Department of Innovation in Mechanics and Management, University of Padua, Italy. NeReBot is a 3 degrees-of-freedom (d.o.f.) wire-based robot, designed for the treatment of patients with stroke-related paralyzed or(More)
Stroke is often associated with balance deficits that increase the risk of falls and may lead to severe mobility disfunctions or death. The purpose of this study is to establish the relation between the outcome of instrumented posturography and of the most commonly used clinical balance tests, and investigate their role for obtaining reliable feedback on(More)
The aim of this study was to asses the effects on pain, disability, and health status of an educational–behavioral joint protection program in a group of moderate–severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Eighty-five subjects with RA in treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) drugs (infliximab) were enrolled into the study and randomized(More)