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Cutti A.G.,Inail Centro Protesi Vigorso Of Budrio | Parel I.,D Cervesi Hospital | Pellegrini A.,D Cervesi Hospital | Pellegrini A.,University of Parma | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology | Year: 2015

The Constant-Murley score (CMS) is a popular measure of shoulder function. However, its ability to monitor the evolution of patients during rehabilitation after rotator-cuff repair is controversial. Moreover, CMS does not account for possible alterations in the scapulo-humeral coordination (SHC, scapula dyskinesis), which are apparent in variety of shoulder pathologies. To address these issues, a new formulation of CMS was firstly proposed, which rates the "affected-to-controlateral side difference in SHC" of a patient with respect to reference values of asymptomatic controls (Scapula-Weighted CMS). Then, 32 patients (53. ±. 9. year-old) were evaluated with CMS and SW-CMS at 45, 70, 90-day and >6-month after rotator-cuff repair, to test three hypotheses: (1) CMS and SW-CMS are largely responsive to change; (2) accounting (SW-CMS) or not (CMS) for scapula dyskinesis leads to statistically different scores and SW-CMS cannot be predicted from CMS without clinically relevant differences; (3) 90% of patients recover a side-to-side SHC similar to asymptomatic controls at 90. days. Results supported hypotheses 1 and 2. On the contrary (hypothesis 3), only 10% of patients recovered for SHC alterations at 90. days, and 50% at follow-up. These findings support the use of SW-CMS and the importance of treating scapula dyskinesis after rotator-cuff repair. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

Cutti A.G.,Inail Centro Protesi Vigorso Of Budrio | Parel I.,Inail Centro Protesi Vigorso Of Budrio | Parel I.,University of Trieste | Raggi M.,Inail Centro Protesi Vigorso Of Budrio | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Biomechanics | Year: 2014

Quantitative motion analysis protocols have been developed to assess the coordination between scapula and humerus. However, the application of these protocols to test whether a subject's scapula resting position or pattern of coordination is "normal", is precluded by the unavailability of reference prediction intervals and bands, respectively. The aim of this study was to present such references for the "ISEO" protocol, by using the non-parametric Bootstrap approach and two parametric Gaussian methods (based on Student's T and Normal distributions).One hundred and eleven asymptomatic subjects were divided into three groups based on their age (18-30, 31-50, and 51-70). For each group, "monolateral" prediction bands and intervals were computed for the scapulo-humeral patterns and the scapula resting orientation, respectively. A fourth group included the 36 subjects (42±13 year-old) for whom the scapulo-humeral coordination was measured bilaterally, and "differential" prediction bands and intervals were computed, which describe right-to-left side differences.Bootstrap and Gaussian methods were compared using cross-validation analyses, by evaluating the coverage probability in comparison to a 90% target. Results showed a mean coverage for Bootstrap from 86% to 90%, compared to 67-70% for parametric bands and 87-88% for parametric intervals. Bootstrap prediction bands showed a distinctive change in amplitude and mean pattern related to age, with an increase toward scapula retraction, lateral rotation and posterior tilt.In conclusion, Bootstrap ensures an optimal coverage and should be preferred over parametric methods. Moreover, the stratification of "monolateral" prediction bands and intervals by age appears relevant for the correct classification of patients. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

PubMed | Inail Centro Protesi Vigorso Of Budrio and Biomedical University of Rome
Type: | Journal: Frontiers in neuroscience | Year: 2016

This paper intends to provide a critical review of the literature on the technological issues on control and sensorization of hand prostheses interfacing with the Peripheral Nervous System (i.e., PNS), and their experimental validation on amputees. The study opens with an in-depth analysis of control solutions and sensorization features of research and commercially available prosthetic hands. Pros and cons of adopted technologies, signal processing techniques and motion control solutions are investigated. Special emphasis is then dedicated to the recent studies on the restoration of tactile perception in amputees through neural interfaces. The paper finally proposes a number of suggestions for designing the prosthetic system able to re-establish a bidirectional communication with the PNS and foster the prosthesis natural control.

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