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Editor’s message

Editor’s message Riolo, Lisa This issue of Neurology Report highlights decision-making models that will help us think about how we accomplish what we do as neurological physical therapists. I am especially excited that Kathy Gill-Body brought these authors together for this special topic issue because the Executive Committee considers this topic a high priority for […]

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Directed self study or group study questions, The

Guide to Physical Therapist Practice: Directed self study or group study questions, The Harro, Cathy C The annual Neurologic Practice Issues Forum was held at Combined Sections Meeting in Seattle on February 5, 1999 and was titled: Neurologic Physical Therapy: Moving Into the 21st Century. This year’s Forum focused on applying the Guide to Physical […]

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Using the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice in professional physical therapist education

Using the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice in professional physical therapist education Nicholson, Diane E ABSTRACT The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice provides a framework for physical therapy practice. Specifically, it presents generally-accepted elements of patient management provided by physical therapists, categories of tests and measures used by physical therapists, categories of physical therapy interventions, […]

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Use of awareness through movement improves balance and balance confidence in people with multiple sclerosis: A randomized controlled study

Use of awareness through movement improves balance and balance confidence in people with multiple sclerosis: A randomized controlled study Stephens, James ABSTRACT This study examined the effectiveness of a structured, group motor learning process, Awareness Through Movement (ATM), on balance, balance confidence, and self-efficacy. Twelve people with multiple sclerosis were randomly assigned to either ATM […]

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Instructional cues and Parkinsonian gait: A pilot study

Instructional cues and Parkinsonian gait: A pilot study Werner, William G INTRODUCTION A typical motor characteristic of Parkinson disease (PD) is a shuffling gait pattern. This pattern is characterized by decreased stride length, increased cadence, decreased arm swing, and diminished dorsiflexion at heel strike.1,2 Increasing step length can increase gait velocity, which would be functionally […]

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Effects of experience after stroke on brain and behavior

Effects of experience after stroke on brain and behavior Schaechter, Judith D ABSTRACT Animal and patient studies provide evidence that experience after stroke influences functional outcome. We review animal studies regarding the effects of environmental enrichment and motor training on the brain after stroke. Such studies have observed cellular changes resulting from experience, some of […]

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Rhythmic Facilitation of Gait Training in Hemiparetic Stroke Rehabilitation

Rhythmic Facilitation of Gait Training in Hemiparetic Stroke Rehabilitation Hale, Caleb Rhythmic Facilitation of Gait Training in Hemiparetic Stroke Rehabilitation. Thaut MH, McIntosh GC, Rice RR. J Neuro Sci. 1997;151: 07-212. Several researchers have recently suggested that repetitive, rhythmically patterned training in motor rehabilitation may be effective through resultant potentiation of the sensory motor cortex […]

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Departments: Abstracts

Departments: Abstracts Hughes, Richard An Electromechanical Gait Trainer for Restoration of Gait in Hemiparetic Stroke Patients: Preliminary Results. Hesse S, Werner C, Uhlenbrock D, et al. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2001;15:39-50. This quasi-experimental study was conducted to determine the feasibility of using a mechanized gait trainer to improve walking ability after stroke. The electromechanical gait […]

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Use of a pushrim-activated, power-assisted wheelchair enhanced mobility for an individual with cervical 5/6 tetraplegia

Use of a pushrim-activated, power-assisted wheelchair enhanced mobility for an individual with cervical 5/6 tetraplegia Somers, Martha F ABSTRACT For patients with mid-level (C5 or C6) tetraplegia, the choice between using a power or manual wheelchair is difficult because both types of wheelchairs have disadvantages. A new class of wheelchair has recently become available-the pushrim-activated, […]

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Examination and management of spasticity and weakness

Examination and management of spasticity and weakness Leonard, Charles T ABSTRACT In this paper information pertaining to the teaching, within a MS physical therapy curriculum, of the concepts of “spasticity” and “weakness” is presented.These concepts are taught in 2 required and 1 elective course,which span the 2year program. Students are expected to develop both physical […]