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BACKGROUND Classification of traumatic brain injury (TBI) severity guides management and contributes to determination of prognosis. Common indicators of TBI severity include Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) scores, length of coma (LOC) and duration of post-traumatic amnesia (PTA). OBJECTIVE To compare GCS, LOC and PTA by examining distributions and(More)
BACKGROUND Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) bolus injection effectively decreases spinal excitability but the impact on lower limb muscle activation during gait has not been thoroughly investigated. OBJECTIVE Examine activation of medial gastrocnemius (MG) and tibialis anterior (TA) muscles during gait before and after ITB bolus injection in patients with(More)
Few studies address the course of recovery from prolonged disorders of consciousness (DOC) after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). This study examined acute and long-term outcomes of persons with DOC admitted to acute inpatient rehabilitation within the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) TBI Model Systems Programs(More)
BACKGROUND While spasticity is commonly treated with oral agents or botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) injection, these treatments have not been systematically compared. METHODS This study performed a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to compare injection of BoNT-Type A into spastic upper limb muscles versus oral tizanidine (TZD), or placebo, in(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize gait characteristics of adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and lower limb muscle hypertonia, distinguishing gait adaptations inherent to TBI motor impairment from those of healthy subjects walking at slower speed. METHODS Temporospatial and kinematic data of 31 patients with TBI (41 ± 30 months post-injury) walking at(More)
BACKGROUND Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) effectively reduces muscle hypertonia; however, associated complications influence its utility and acceptance. OBJECTIVE To systematically review the literature on procedure- and device-related complications associated with ITB infusion therapy for adult muscle hypertonia of spinal or cerebral origin. METHODS The(More)
BACKGROUND Measurement of the duration of post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) is common practice, serving as an important index of the severity of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and a predictor of functional outcome. However, controversy exists regarding the nature of PTA; some studies indicate that it is a confusional state with symptoms that extend beyond(More)
Clinical trials demonstrate that onabotulinumtoxinA reduces upper limb post-stroke spasticity, with therapeutic response influenced by injected dose. Individual studies provide limited insight regarding muscle group-specific dose-response relationships. Our objective was to characterize dose-response relationships between onabotulinumtoxinA and muscle tone(More)
OBJECTIVE Examine (1) coactivation between tibialis anterior (TA) and medial gastrocnemius (MG) muscles during stance phase of gait in patients with moderate-to-severe resting hypertonia after stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI) and (2) the relationship between coactivation and stretch velocity-dependent increase in MG activity. METHODS Gait and(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE To validate the Mississippi Aphasia Screening Test (MAST) which includes nine sub-scales measuring expressive and receptive language abilities. RESEARCH DESIGN Evaluation of inpatients admitted to neurology, neurosurgery or rehabilitation units at two local hospitals and who were within 60 days of onset of a unilateral ischemic or(More)