Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Faculty Research Protocols

  • A Functional Comparison of Two Types of Prosthetic Knee Devices; Del Toro PI; Silver-Thorn, Co-PI (MU)
  • Rigid vs. Soft Dressings in Below Knee Amputations; Del Toro, Co-PI; Brown, PI
  • EMG Findings in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury (Pilot); Dillingham, PI; Waring, Co-PI; White, Co-PI
  • Dysvascular Amputees:   Rehabilitation Use and Outcomes; Dillingham, PI
  • Nerve Injury Outcomes – Medical Student Summer Project; Dillingham, PI
  • Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Database; Irwin, PI; Klingbeil, Co-PI; Moberg-Wolff, Co-PI
  • Upper arm Function on Self-care Tasks After Stroke: Does Arm Recovery Follow form, Function or Both?; Johnson, PI
  • Usability and Potential of TheraDrive for Home-based computer-assisted Motivating Rehabilitation after Stroke; Johnson, PI; Kosasih, Co-PI
  • Quantitative Study of Anterior and Posterior Walker Usage Dynamics in Children with Cerebral Palsy; McGuire, PI
  • Allergan 191622-057. A Multi-Center, Double-Blind, Placebo-controlled, Parallel Group Safety Study of Pulmonary Function in Patients with Reduced Lung Function Treated with Botox® (Botulinum Toxin Type A) a Purified Neurotoxin Complex for Focal Upper Limb Poststroke Spasticity; McGuire, PI
  • Enhanced Upper Limb Motor Control by Reduced Synergistic Muscle Patterns and Spasticity after Chemodenervation; McGuire, PI; Schmit, Co-PI (MU)
  • Preserving Mobility of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Using Night-time Therapeutical Electrical Stimulation; McGuire, PI
  • The Peripheral Effects of Botulinum Toxin A (Botox®) a Neuroblockage in subjects with Upper Extremity Spasticity; McGuire, PI
  • Quantitative Clinical Assessment of Postural Stability in Pediatric Cerebral Palsy; McGuire, PI; Harris, Co-PI (MU)
  • Electromyographic Topography for Surface and Deep Muscle Activity Analysis, McGuire, Co-PI; Harris, PI (MU)
  • Multi-Joint Sensorimotor Dysfunction of the Stroke Arm (Multicenter: FMLH, Marquette, RIC); McGuire, Co-PI; Schmit, PI (MU)
  • Difference in neurophysiological response to Intrathecal Baclofen bolus dose administration in moderate to severe spasticity of spinal and cerebral etiology; McGuire, Erragolla
  • Nosocomial Infections in Veterans with SCI & D (chart review), Sandford, PI
  • Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury, Sandford, PI; White, Co-PI
  • CPS # 535 Anabolic Steroid Therapy on Pressure Ulcer Healing in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury - Feasibility Study, Sandford, PI; Lee, Co-PI; White, Co-PI
  • Nerve Conduction Topography in Geriatric Hand Assessment: A Pilot Study; Wertsch, PI
  • Measurement of Muscle Stretch Reflex Using an Instrumented Reflex Hammer; Wertsch, PI; White, Co-PI
  • Electromyographic Analysis of Muscle Function; Wertsch, PI
  • Upper Limb Musculoskeletal Disorders: Quantifying Risk; Wertsch, Co-PI; Garg, PI (UWM)
  • Prevalence of Overweight in Spinal Cord Injury (chart review) 1 year study; White, PI
  • Bowel and Bladder Function in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury; White, Co-PI; Berger, PI (VA)
  • Urinary Retention after Hip and Knee Surgery (chart review); Yoshida, PI; Kosasih, Co-PI

 Funded Grant Projects

  • Dillingham, PI
    Electrodiagnostic Services: Guidelines, Compliance and Outcomes; VA HSR&D Merit

Determine the scope, quality, and outcomes for EDX service provision in the Veterans Health system and among elderly Medicare beneficiaries.  The aims are: (1) to determine the extent of electrodiagnostic service provision in the Veterans Health Administration and the Medicare program, (2) to examine variations and differences in electrodiagnostic care provided to Veterans and elderly Medicare beneficiaries; and (3) to examine the relationship between EDX testing characteristics, adherence to EDX guidelines, and subsequent outcomes of care.

  • Dillingham, PI
    Electrodiagnostic Evaluations; AAEM Foundation

Objective of this study is to identify patterns of electrodiagnostic services provision in the US, describing characteristics of providers among a large, diverse group of privately insured persons. To elucidate of geographic variations in practice as well as differences in the extent of testing across different providers.

  •  Dillingham, PI
    Dysvascular Amputees: Rehabilitation Use and Outcomes; NIH

This ongoing multicenter study examines the epidemiology, rehabilitation health services use, functional outcomes, and cost effectiveness of managing dysvascular amputees.

  • Dillingham; PI (MCW)
    Rehab Research Training: Physicians and Biomed Engineers; Marquette University

This program is a collaboration among Marquette University, MCW and Shriners Hospital for Children that will provide advanced education and training in rehabilitation research for physicians and biomedical engineer Clinical Researchers and Engineers: Advanced Rehabiliation Research Training; Marquette University.

  • Dillingham, PI (MCW)

This program is a collaboration among Marquette University, MCW and Shriners Hospital for Children that will provide advanced education and training in rehabilitation research.

  •  Dillingham, PI (MCW)
    Enhancing BME Education through the MU-MCW Bridge - Subsidy Contract; Marquette University

Whitaker Foundation grant to support a PhD faculty member to work with the PM&R residency program in coordinating research, senior design projects, and graduate biomedical engineering teaching.

  •  Dillingham, PI (MCW)
    Design of Folding Frame Prone Carts; VA Medical Center

A motorized folding frame prone cart is being developed to allow patients with spinal cord injuries the freedom of mobility.

  • Johnson, PI

     Robot-assisted Motivating Rehabilitation to Increase Upper Limb Function after Stroke; American Heart Association

To assess how an enriched therapy environment (in supervised and under-supervised arenas) affect motivation (levels of task engagement), the use of the impaired arm during therapy and the motor and functional recovered after.

  • Johnson, PI

     Gender Differences on Robot-assisted Stroke Rehabilitation; WI Women's Health Foundation Dr. Judith Stitt Faculty Award

The goal of this pilot study is to determine if robot-assisted training of stroke survivors at varying levels of intensity and in varying functional contexts affect motor and muscle performance and functional ability.

  • Johnson, PI

Upper Arm Function on Self-care Tasks after Tasks: Does Arm Recovery Follow Form, Function or Both; Research Affairs Committee, MCW

A pilot study to investigate using motion analysis stroke survivors' functional use of their impaired arm during self-care tasks and assess implications for an ADL-specific robot therapy environment.

  • Johnson, PI

     ADL Specific Robot Therapy Environment for Upper Arm Stroke; Advancing a Health Wisconsin

A development grant to develop and evaluate a novel ADL-specific robot therapy environment for upper arm assessment and functional retraining after neurological impairment.

  • McGuire, PI

     Investigation of the Administration of Lioresal Intrathecal; Medtronics, Inc.

Evaluate functional changes as a result of ITB therapy in the stroke population.

  • McGuire, PI

     Early Intervention Study: Central & Peripheral Effects; Allergan, Inc.

Assess the reliability and sensitivity of biomechanical testing instruments by measuring the ability to perform specific motor tasks before and after the injection of Botox into the spastic muscles of the arm.

  • McGuire, PI

     Study of Pulmonary Function with BOTOX Purified Neurotoxin; Allergan, Inc.

Investigate the potential effect of Botox A on breathing function in patients with spasticity in one arm and hand after a stroke and also have decreased breathing function not necessarily related to stroke.

  • McGuire, PI

     Preserving Mobility of JRA Children Using Nocturnal TES; NIH

The aim is to determine if Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation will minimize quadriceps atrophy, and thereby reduce the potential impairments of muscle weakness, atrophy and gait deviations that may contribute to long-term disability in JRA population.

  • McGuire, PI

     Upper Limb Motor Control by Synergistic Muscle Patterns; NIDRR

Investigate the effects of injections of a drug called Botulinum Toxin Type A (BOTOX) into the Spastic muscles of the arm.

  • McGuire, PI (MCW)

     Quantitative Study of Anterior and Posterior Walker Usage; Marquette University

Better understand the differences in using a front walker or rear walker in cerebral palsy population.

  • McGuire, PI (MCW)

     Multi-Joint Sensorimotor Dysfunction of the Stroke Arm; Multi-center study – (MCW, MU, RIC); NIH

The purpose of this research partnership is to investigate the functional implications of using sensory feedback to enhance motor control of the arm post-stroke.

  • McGuire, Erragolla (Fellow - awarded scholarship)

Difference in neurophysiological response to Intrathecal Baclofen bolus dose administration in moderate to severe spasticity of spinal and cerebral etiology. DiMedix, LLC Scholarship to Advance Research in Spasticity (STARS) Program

The objective of this project is to evaluate bilateral tibial H-reflexes before and after administration of intrathecal Baclofen bolus dose in patients with spasticity of spinal and cerebral origin.

  • Sandford, PI (VA)

     Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Veterans with Spinal Cord Injuries; Houston VA Medical Center

To determine whether SCI patients with a pressure ulcer receiving anabolic steroid agent and therapy will have a greater percent of healed pressure ulcers than those who receive a placebo.

  • Wertsch, PI (VA)

     Relation between Job Risk Factors and Upper Limb Disorders; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

To determine what aspects of work cause hand, wrist or arm injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
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