Spring 2016, Volume 7, Issue 3

EBSCO Health Rehabilitation Reference Center™ Newsletter including topics on Alzheimer's Disease (Occupational Therapy), Cerebral Palsy: Spastic Diplegia, and Nintendo Wii Fit and Rehabilitation


Welcome back to EBSCO Health's free evidence-based Rehabilitation Reference Center newsletter. We will periodically send news on the latest evidence in rehabilitation. Please share this with your colleagues, students, practitioners and others who would benefit from this information.

Rehabilitation Reference Center in Daily Practice

Alzheimer's Disease: Occupational Therapy 

Mrs. B is a 75-year-old patient being treated in the hand therapy clinic for a radial fracture following a fall. She has a history of Alzheimer's disease.

The occupational therapist wants to find some information on Alzheimer's disease, so she consults Rehabilitation Reference Center, keying in the words "Alzheimer's disease." She locates the clinical review "Alzheimer's Disease: Occupational Therapy."

She reads about Alzheimer's disease, including pathogenesis, indications and contraindications for occupational therapy. She then reviews the examination section of the clinical review. After completing the physical and subjective examination, she goes on to read about the treatment of patients who have Alzheimer's disease.

Based on the clinical review and the examination findings, the occupational therapist proceeds with educating Mrs. B about fall prevention strategies and functional training, as well as environmental modifications.

Note: The above-referenced clinical review is freely accessible to all readers of the EBSCO Health Rehabilitation Reference Center Newsletter.

Quick Overview

Nintendo Wii Fit and Rehabilitation in Children and Adolescents

Nintendo Wii Fit is a video game system that promotes multiple modes of exercise in virtual reality and can improve balance and physical activity in children and adolescents with disabilities. Children and adolescents who would benefit from the use of Wii Fit include those who have balance, functional mobility and endurance impairments. Goals for treatment using Wii Fit include improved visual-motor coordination, mobility and balance, as well as weight management.

Please log in to your Rehabilitation Reference Center subscription to read the clinical review on "Nintendo Wii Fit and Rehabilitation in Children and Adolescents."

Evidence-Based Content Update

Recently, the clinical review "Cerebral Palsy: Spastic Diplegia" was revised following review as part of the Systematic Literature Surveillance Program. Information of value to physical therapy practice was found in a research study.

Researchers found that stiff-knee gait often occurs in patients who walk with flexed-knee gait. A flexed-knee position during stance can dynamically reduce the amount of knee flexion during swing, resulting in a stiff-knee gait pattern.

We invite you to log in to Rehabilitation Reference Center to read new and updated clinical reviews as they become available.

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