The effects of health resort treatment on hand function in female rheumatoid arthritis patients

Ewa Puszczałowska-Lizis, Paulina Murdzyk, Sławomir Jandziś, Marek Kiljański

E. Puszczałowska-Lizis, P. Murdzyk, S. Jandziś, M. Kiljański – The effects of health resort treatment on hand function in female rheumatoid arthritis patients; Fizjoterapia Polska 2018; 18(1); 74-82

Abstract

Introduction. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic, chronic, immune-mediated disease of connective tissue. The disease mostly affects the hand joints, leading to weaker hand grip and functional limitations, which in many cases hinders everyday functioning and makes the patients dependent on the assistance of others. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of health resort treatment on improving hand function in female RA patients in comparison with a group of female patients receiving ambulatory treatment.
Materials and methods. The study included a group of 120 women between 35 and 45 years of age suffering from RA, 60 of which were rehabilitated in the “Ziemowit” Health Resort in Rymanów-Zdrój. The other 60 female patients received ambulatory care in the Occupational Health Center in Sanok. Both pinch grip and key grip tests were performed as well as the Grind test. The analyses were conducted with the aid of the Wilcoxon test and the Pearson non-parametric chi-square test of independence.
Results. After the treatment was completed, the number of women who were capable of correctly performing the pinch and key grips and did not feel pain in the carpometacarpal joint of thumb in the Grind test increased in both groups. A statistically significant increase in the scores (in accordance with the adopted binary system) of the respective tests, which indicates an improvement in the outcome measures, was also observed.
Conclusions. The comprehensive health resort treatment and ambulatory care have similar effects on the improvement of hand function parameters in female RA patients.

Key words:

rheumatic diseases, functional limitations, rehabilitation

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Comparison between the effectiveness of therapy using a high-frequency electromagnetic field and the therapy using ultrasound waves in the degenerative and overload diseases of the locomotor system

Lidia Kościelny, Krystyna Stanisz-Wallis, Bożena Latała, Magdalena Wilk-Frańczuk

L. Kościelny, K. Stanisz-Wallis, B. Latała, M. Wilk-Frańczuk – Comparison between the effectiveness of therapy using a high-frequency electromagnetic field and the therapy using ultrasound waves in the degenerative and overload diseases of the locomotor system. Fizjoterapia Polska 2018; 18(1); 6-13

Abstract

Objective. The objective of this study is to assess the effectiveness of treating degenerative diseases of the locomotor system using a high-frequency electromagnetic field in comparison with ultrasound treatment.
Materials and methods. 77 people aged 42-84 with exacerbation of pain ailments and limitation of motor skills resulting from degenerative diseases, were qualified for the study. The patients were divided into 3 groups. The following procedures were performed in group I (27 persons): cryotherapy, laser therapy and kinesiotherapy. The following procedures were performed in group II (27 persons): cryotherapy, laser therapy, ultrasounds and kinesiotherapy. The following procedures were performed in group III (23 persons): cryotherapy, laser therapy, high-frequency electromagnetic field, kinesiotherapy. The procedures were performed for 10 days in all the groups. There was applied the motor skill assessment survey and pain assessment. The tests were performed on the 1st and 10th day of the procedures.
Results. In each group, the treatment applied occurred to be effective, which was statistically relevant. In group III, the median difference was highest. Similarly, the change in pain was most significant in group III, the therapy using an electromagnetic field occurred most effective.
Conclusions. A significant difference between the initial and final pain was noted in the 3 tested groups. A significant difference in the level of pain appeared in the 3 tested groups. The higher effectiveness of electromagnetic field therapy was demonstrated.

Key words:
rehabilitation, degenerative lesions, physical therapy

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Isokinetic testing and exercises in physiotherapeutic practice

Andrzej Czamara, Katarzyna Krzemińska, Aleksandra Królikowska, Łukasz Szuba, Marek Kiljański

A. Czamara, K. Krzemińska, A. Królikowska, Ł. Szuba, M. Kiljański – Isokinetic testing and exercises in physiotherapeutic practice. FP 2017; 17(4); 6-17

Abstract

The aim of the paper was to present the attitude to measurements and exercises performed under isokinetic conditions during physiotherapeutic procedures, based on the literature review and the authors’ experience. The authors discuss basic issues of the physiology of muscles, types of muscle contractions and activity, and changes in muscle tension. They presents the principles of torque value measurement and the assessment of other biomechanical parameters, carried out under conditions of maximal isometric tension tone as well as under dynamic-isokinetic conditions. The exercises performed under isokinetic conditions and isometric (static) conditions are described in various aspects of clinical physiotherapy. Attention is focused on the indications and contraindications to using such kind of tests and exercises in physiotherapy, as related to other branches of medicine.

Key words:
kinesitherapy, isometry, dynamics, rehabilitation

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The assessment of effect of early post-hospital rehabilitation on the lung ventilation function in patients with cardiovascular disease

Katarzyna Bogacz, Marek Woszczak, Jan Szczegielniak

K. Bogacz, M. Woszczak, J. Szczegielniak – The assessment of effect of early post-hospital rehabilitation on the lung ventilation function in patients with cardiovascular disease. FP 2017; 17(2); 132-139

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Objective. An assumption as made that tests performed before and after a 3-week cardiovascular rehabilitation would allow the assessment of its effect on the lung ventilation function in patients post MI and CABG.
Material and methods. The analysis involved determination of mean values of all spirometric values and comparing them with expected values before and after the rehabilitation program. In order to check if mean values of both tests were significantly different, they were compared using the t Student test for paired samples, and mean increases of all indexes were calculated.
Test results. Lung function tests performed in study subjects gave results allowing precise analysis of lung ventilation function in patients post MI and CABG, and an assessment o the effect of comprehensive cardiovascular rehabilitation, including respiratory exercises, on ventilation function of those patients. t-Student test was applied for the assessment of differences with the significance level of p < 0.01. Conclusions. The program of cardovascular rehabilitation involving respiratory exercises, accounts for improved lung ventilation function in patients post MI and CABG, and should be used at each stage of rehabilitation of those patients. Key words: Cardiovascular disease, rehabilitation

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Muscle energy techniques after total hip replacement

Maria Mazepa, Renata Szczepaniak, Wojciech Kiebzak,
Zofia Śliwińska, Zbigniew Śliwiński

M. Mazepa, R. Szczepaniak, W. Kiebzak, Z. Śliwińska, Z. Śliwiński – Muscle energy techniques after total hip replacement. FP 2014; 14(1); 18-26

Abstract

Introduction.  Surgical procedure involving total hip alloplasty is a common consequence of the absence of progress of rehabilitation in patients with significant degenerative lesions accompanied by severe pain and significantly limited mobility. An individual program for patient rehabilitation is established during the first 24 hours after the procedure. This is of particular importance as proper planning and implementation of physiotherapy allows to relieve pain and to achieve full functional joint mobility as well as to strengthen the muscles. We make sure that the proper muscle control and stability within the joint will restore patient’s locomotion and self-care both at the initial and later stages of rehabilitation. There are many ways and methods to improve the above mentioned parameters. Muscle energy techniques, which represent a non-invasive therapy in patients with total hip replacement, are one of these methods. These techniques, including poizometric relaxation of contracted muscles as well as active relaxation of hip joint muscles, myofascial techniques, also in combination with elements of PNF techniques, allow for effective treatment and rehabilitation of patients. Aim. The aim of the study was to compare the effects of standard physiotherapy in patients after cemented hip arthroplasty with those of physiotherapy using muscle energy techniques.
Materials and Methods. A total of 66 patients with advanced degenerative arthritis of the hip, who received surgical treatment in the form of endoprosthetics, were qualified for the study between 2013 and 2014. The patients were divided into two groups  (group I and II), 33 subjects each. Pain level, the range of hip motion as well as muscle strength were assessed in each patient. Group I received muscle energy techniques, including poizometric relaxation of muscles, active muscle relaxation and elements of PNF method. Also, myofascial techniques targeting muscles with different strengths and direction of pressure were used. Group II received standard physiotherapy.
Results. Significant improvement of pain, an increase in the range of functional motion as well as a significant improvement of muscle control of the joint were observed in the group receiving muscle energy treatment, which had beneficial effects on the locomotion of patients.
Conclusions. Muscle energy techniques had significant effects on the improvement of muscle function and stabilization in the pelvic girdle of the joint with endoprosthesis. Poizometric relaxation combined with elements of the PNF method as well as myofascial techniques effectively improved balance, coordination and gait pattern. In conclusion, physiotherapy using muscle energy techniques was shown to be a more effective method in the treatment of hip osteoarthritis as compared to the method based on standard rehabilitation program.

Key words:
arthroplasty, rehabilitation, muscle energy techniques

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Biomechanical aspects of elbow joint action in rheumatoid arthritis

Jolanta Rojczyk-Chmarek, Janusz Błaszczyk, Krzysztof Gieremek, Wojciech Cieśla, Jacek Polechoński

J. Rojczyk-Chmarek, J. Błaszczyk, K. Gieremek, W. Cieśla, J. Polechoński – Biomechanical aspects of elbow joint action in rheumatoid arthritis. FP 2014; 14(1); 6-16

Abstract

Functional limitations associated with RA-induce changes within the elbow joint and result in biomechanical disturbances. Objective data on the mobility of the affected articulation would facilitate the assessment of disease severity, selection of optimal physiotherapy interventions. Materials and Methods. Our study participants performed cyclic forearm extension and flexion elbow movements with different angular velocities. Biomechanical assessment comprised of spatiotemporal properties of cyclic movements. Spatial analysis of movement included the determination of movement direction (flexion, extension) and amplitude whereas the temporal analysis included the duration of particular movement phases as well as time-frequency analysis of a movement cycle. Results. The obtained results indicate that movement parameters in patients with rheumatoid arthritis differ significantly compared to normal ranges. Movement speed and amplitude as well as frequency and duration of movement are decreased. RA patients also exhibited considerable asymmetry of cyclic flexions and extensions of the elbow joint. Conclusion. It can be concluded that a biomechanical analysis using a manipulandum apparatus is a valuable diagnostic tool allowing objective evaluation of elbow function in rheumatoid arthritis. The measurements are highly sensitive, and hence, if performed in a larger patient population, they might help develop a classification of movement dysfunction in rheumatoid arthritis of the elbow joint. The analysis might also facilitate the assessment of hand dysfunction at various stages of RA development.

Key words:
rehabilitation, elbow, biomechanical, rheumatoid arthritis

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Assessment of the effects of rehabilitation interventions for patients with rhematoid arthritis using biomechanical analysis of elbow function

Jolanta Rojczyk-Chmarek, Joanna Cieślińska-Świder, Krzysztof Gieremek, Wojciech Cieśla, Jacek Polechoński

J. Rojczyk-Chmarek, J. Cieślińska-Świder, K. Gieremek, W. Cieśla, J. Polechoński – Assessment of the effects of rehabilitation interventions for patients with rhematoid arthritis using biomechanical analysis of elbow function. FP 2015; 15(1); 36-47

Abstract

Background. The aim of the investigations was to verify the effectiveness of a method of elbow function evaluation in patients with rhematoid arthritis. The method was expected to allow monitoring of disease progression and to help assess the effects of rehabilitation interventions.
Material and Methods. Cyclic flexion-extension movements in the elbow joint were examined in 82 individuals. The measurements were carried out with a computer-controlled unit for studying elbow movements (manipulandum). The study participants performed movements 1) of minimum speed, ie., the slowest possible movement, 2) of preferred speed consistent with patient preferences and habits, and 3) of maximum speed. The measurements were carried out before and after a 3-week rehabilitation program.
Results. The obtained results indicate that the rehabilitation intervention caused improvement in several parameters of the investigated movements. Movement amplitude (range of movement),  angular velocity (especially angular velocity of elbow extension) increased, the symmetry index decreased while no changes were observed in movement cycle duration for preferred and maximum speed.
Conclusions. The results indicate that this method of isokinetic movement evaluation allows objective assessment of articular pathologies and rehabilitation/pharmacotherapy outcomes. Our investigations suggest that, in order to obtain reliable information on the patient’s functional status, the measurements should be performed during preferred and maximum speed elbow movements. Information thereby obtained might be of considerable importance for selection of appropriate physiotherapy interventions.

Key words:
rehabilitation, elbow, biomechanical, rheumatoid arthritis

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Assessment of the Effectiveness of the Physiotherapy in Patients with the Coxarthrosis, Treated in Spa Facilities

Zbigniew Śliwiński, Marlena Maskiera, Marta Makara-Studzińska, Grzegorz Śliwiński, Małgorzata Starczyńska

Z. Śliwiński, M. Maskiera, M. Makara-Studzińska, G. Śliwiński, M. Starczyńska: Assessment of the Effectiveness of the Physiotherapy in Patients with the Coxarthrosis, Treated in Spa Facilities. FP

Abstract
Introduction. The objective of this study has been to assess the effectiveness of the physiotherapy in patients with the coxarthrosis, treated in Spa facilities. Materials and Methods. The study involved 49 patients (29 women and 20 men), who have been treated in the “Słowacki” Spa in Busko-Zdrój, during their 21 days rehabilitation stay. The patients have had degenerative changes in the hip joint, which have not been surgically treated. The patients have been divided into two groups. To the study group (24 persons) the physiotherapy treatments have been applied. In the control group (25 persons), in addition there has been the kinezytherapy applied. Each of the patients has gone through: questionnaire survey, measurement of the range motion in the hip joints, muscle strength evaluation with the Lovett scale, assessment of the pain severity in the VAS scale, functional tests (Linder 2, abdominal compression test, Patrick Faber test, SLR, Tinetti test,”Up & Go” test, gait analysis according to Perry). Results. After the 21-day rehabilitation treatment, the majority of patients have shown a significant decrease in the subjective pain sensation, a significant improvement of the hip motion functions and a reduced risk of the patient falling down. The carried out research has indicated, that better results have been achieved in the control group, where the kinezytherapy treatment has been applied in addition. Conclusions. 1. Physiotherapy has an impact on increasing the hip joint range of motion, in all directions, particularly in the flexion an abduction movements. 2. The rehabilitation procedure improve the gait stereotype in patients with the osteoarthritis of the hip joint. 3. The Spa rehabilitation therapy reduces the risk of falling down in patients with degenerative changes in the hip joints.

Key words:
Rehabilitation, physiotherapy, coxarthrosis, spa therapy treatment

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Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training with Parestand system as walking therapy of patients early after stroke: a pilot study

Beata Stach, Marcin Błaszcz, Aleksandra Bober, Mariola E. Wodzińska, Joanna Zyznawska

B. Stach, M. Błaszcz, A. Bober, M. E. Wodzińska, J. Zyznawska – Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training with Parestand system as walking therapy of patients early after stroke: a pilot study. FP 2016;16(2);54-63

Abstract

Background. Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training (BWSTT) is high intensive and task-specific gait therapy for stroke patients. Effectiveness of BWSTT is repeatedly proven, however superiority of that training over overground walking is often contested. It is rarely practised and investigated method in Poland.
Patients and Methods. 20 patients in the early post-stroke rehabilitation phase able to walk. All patient participated in traditional physiotherapy based on Bobath and PNF concepts. Experimental group (10 people) additionally received Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training. Control group (10 people) additionally received overground walking. Baseline and postintervention assessments included Berg Balance Scale, Timed Up & Go, 10 m Time Walking Test and 6 Minute Walk Test.
Results. Both groups showed statistically significant improvement in all outcome measures (P<0,05). Group BWSTT increased distance by 108,4±75,7 m and control grouop by 57±51,3 m in 6 Minute Walk Test. Difference between the groups was not statistically significant (p=0,28). Group BWSTT shortened time in Timed Up & Go by 9±1,4 seconds and control group by 2,7±1,1 seconds. Difference between the groups was not statistically significant (p=0,63). Group BWSTT improved by 7,0±3,7 points, and control group by 6,6±4,4 points in Berg Balance Scale. Difference between the groups was not statistically significant (p=0,88). Group BWSTT increased gait velocity by 0,25±0,13 m/s, and control group by 0,28±0,13 m/s. Difference between the groups was not statistically significant (p=0,96). Conclusions. Either Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training or overground walking could improve balance, reduce risk of falls, increase endurance and velocity of gait in walking subacute stroke patients. BWSTT could have tendency to more effective increasing gait endurance. Key words: stroke, hemiparesis, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, gait

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Opóźniona diagnoza i leczenie pierwotnego obrzęku limfatycznego kończyn dolnych – studium przypadku / Delayed diagnosis and treatment of primary lymphoedema of lower limbs – case study

Rita Hansdorfer-Korzon, Jacek Teodorczyk, Marcin Gruszecki, Michał Korzon

FP 2016;16(2);42-53

Streszczenie
Leczenie pierwotnego obrzęku limfatycznego stwarza wiele problemów pacjentowi jak i całemu zespołowi medycznemu. Całkowite wyleczenie bowiem z racji uszkodzenia anatomicznych dróg odpływu chłonki nie jest możliwe, a terapia ma na celu jedynie zmniejszenie rozmiarów kończyny, przywrócenie jej funkcji i poprawienie aspektów kosmetycznych. Leczenie jest trudne, wieloetapowe i nawet w przypadku dobrych wyników kosztowne i czasochłonne. Obrzęki pierwotne nie są patologią bardzo częstą, toteż problem związany z ich diagnostyką i leczeniem pozostaje często na marginesie zainteresowania lekarzy. W przeciwieństwie do dobrze zorganizowanej pomocy, jaką otrzymują chorzy z obrzękiem w obrębie kończyn górnych (głównie po leczeniu chirurgicznym raka sutka) możliwości rozpoznania, diagnostyki i wdrożenia postępowania usprawniającego u osób z idiopatyczną postacią obrzęku limfatycznego kończyn dolnych są istotnie ograniczone. Chociaż w ostatnich latach intensywnie propagowana jest wiedza dotycząca zasad stosowania terapii przeciwzastoinowej nadal w wielu ośrodkach wdrażana jest nieprawidłowo. Nieleczony lub niewłaściwie leczony obrzęk staje się nieodwracalny wskutek rozplemu tkanki łącznej, czym różni się od obrzęków na innym podłożu. Narastający obrzęk doprowadzający do stopniowej deformacji i zaburzeń funkcji kończyny, wpływa negatywnie na stan psychiczny pacjenta. Późne rozpoznanie, kosztowne, uciążliwe i długotrwałe leczenie, którego efekt jest niejednokrotnie niezadawalający wpływa istotnie na jakość życia chorego. W pracy przedstawiono jeden z licznych przypadków pacjentek z rozpoznanymi późno i nieprawidłowo leczonymi obrzękami pierwotnymi, które mają być ilustracją typowych zaniedbań w dążeniu do ustalenia diagnozy i wdrożenia leczenia w tej jednostce chorobowej. Podkreślono także rolę badania LS jako złotego standardu w diagnostyce obrzęków pierwotnych i jej ograniczonej przydatności w ocenie skuteczności leczenia.

Słowa kluczowe:
obrzęk limfatyczny, pierwotny wrodzony obrzęk limfatyczny, rehabilitacja, limfoscyntygrafia


Abstract
Treatment of lymphoedema is problematic for the patient and the entire medical team. Complete recovery, because of anatomical damage to the outflow tract of lymph, is not possible and the therapy is intended only to reduce the size of the limb, restore its function and improve the cosmetic aspects. Treatment is difficult, multistage, unpredictable and even if results are good, expensive and time consuming. Primary lymphoedema is not common disease, so the problem of its diagnosis and treatment is often on the margins of medical concern. In contrast to the well-organized support received by patients with secondary oedema of the upper, diagnosing and implementation of rehabilitation in patients with idiopathic lymphoedema of the lower limbs are significantly limited. Although in recent years is intensely propagated knowledge of the principles of anticongestive therapy, it is still is implemented incorrectly in many centers. If left untreated or improperly treated swelling becomes irreversible as a result of proliferation of connective tissue, what differs from cases of oedema not associated with lymphatics damage. Increasing swelling will lead to progressive deformity and dysfunction of limbs and negatively affects the mental state of the patient. Late diagnosis, costly, cumbersome and long-term treatment with the often unsatisfactory effect significantly affect quality of life. The paper presents one of many our cases of patients with late diagnosed and improperly treated primary lymphoedema and is an illustration of the typical negligence in establishing the diagnosis and initiation of treatment in this disease entity.

Key words:
lymphedema, primary congenital lymphedema, rehabilitation, lymphoscintigraphy

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