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OBJECTIVE To assess the motor nerve conduction of the sciatic nerve by a magnetic stimulation method in patients with piriformis syndrome. DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING An electrodiagnostic laboratory in a university hospital. PARTICIPANTS Twenty-three patients with piriformis syndrome and 15 healthy persons for control. INTERVENTIONS Not(More)
Many people continue suffering from myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) defined as a regional pain syndrome characterized by muscle pain caused by myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) clinically. Muscle spasm and block of blood circulation can be noticed in the taut bands. In the MTrP region, nociceptors can be sensitized by the peripheral inflammatory factors and(More)
Transverse myelitis is a rare inflammatory myelopathy characterized by loss of motor and sensory function below the affected level of the spinal cord, and causes neurogenic bowel and bladder. Occasionally, it also causes neuropathic pain with spasticity. Traditional therapies for neuropathic pain are multiple, including multimodal analgesic regimens,(More)
Effective service failure recovery has been recognized as an important strategic tool for online retailers due to the dramatic growth of the online retail sector and the importance of service failures recovery in online environment. This study investigates the impacts of service failure recovery and perceived justice on consumer loyalty for online retailing(More)
In this study, we demonstrate a photovoltachromic cell (PVCC) which is a solar cell and able to take solar energy to stimulate chromic behavior with the characteristic of tunable transmittance. The cell is composed of a patterned WO(3)/Pt electrochromic electrode and a dye-sensitized TiO(2) nanoparticle photoanode. Compared to reported photoelectrochromic(More)
TiO(2) nanowire (NW)/nanoparticle (NP) composite films have been fabricated by hybridizing various ratios of hydrothermal anatase NWs and TiO(2) NPs for use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images reveal that uniform NW/NP composite films were formed on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates by the dip-coating(More)
Meningiomas are the most common benign brain tumors, and are characterized by slow growth and a long asymptomatic period. Once the tumor becomes symptomatic, the various presentations may be related to the location and compression of adjacent structures. Meningioma is primarily treated through surgical intervention, and thus earlier diagnosis is likely to(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore factors contributing to initial effectiveness and recurrence after ultrasound (US)-guided subacromial corticosteroid injections by assessing clinical measurements and static and dynamic shoulder US images. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. SETTING Rehabilitation outpatient clinic. PARTICIPANTS Adults with shoulder pain referred(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the effectiveness of suprascapular nerve block (SSNB) at different timing after administration compared with physical therapy, placebo, and intra-articular injections in patients with chronic shoulder pain. DATA SOURCE Two electronic data sources, PubMed and Scopus, were mainly searched from the earliest record to September 2015. (More)
BACKGROUND Sarcopenia, a gradual loss of muscle mass and function, has been associated with poor health outcomes. Its correlation with another age-related degenerative process, impaired cognition, remains uncertain. This meta-analysis aimed to determine whether there is an association between sarcopenia and cognitive impairment. METHODS PubMed and Scopus(More)