Stroke affects millions of Americans and is a leading cause of disability. In addition to chronic disability, many survivors experience depressive symptoms such as reductions in mood and motivation. Post-stroke depression (PSD) is associated with poorer recovery from stroke, increased health care costs and higher mortality. Additionally, PSD may interfere with the recovery of the nervous system after stroke. Effective treatment options for PSD are limited and often come with side effects, highlighting the need for alternative treatment approaches. Aerobic exercise (AEx) has positive effects on the nervous system, is a powerful anti-depressant, and has limited side effects, yet remains underutilized in stroke survivors with PSD. This study will examine the short-term effects of AEx on the nervous system in stroke survivors with and without PSD. The results will serve as a foundation for the study of AEx as a treatment for PSD.
Walking after a lower extremity amputation is often difficult. It is important that researchers and clinicians understand the mechanisms that inhibit normal walking function. In this study, we are recruiting individuals with lower extremity limb loss for a walking and balance investigation. We will also be studying matched healthy controls to do similar study procedures. All study procedures will occur on the campus of MUSC by a licensed Physical Therapist and experienced researcher. Any questions should be directed to the coordinator listed.
This study aims to examine a physical therapist led physical activity intervention on physical activity levels in knee replacement patients after surgery. The study plans to examine changes in physical activity, physical function, and pain in patients over a 12 week period of time after receiving knee replacement.
Depression contributes directly to disability following a stroke and is the single strongest predictor of quality of life. Treatment of depressive symptoms is associated with better functional recovery and return to activities of daily living. Resistance training can effectively improve post-stroke mobility and has the potential to serve as an alternative (non-drug) anti-depressant treatment option. The purpose of this study is to assess the effects of resistance training on post-stroke depressive symptoms.
The overall goal of this feasibility study is to test an individualized, nurse-led behavioral health program that leverages home telehealth technology to directly teach low and fixed income older adults residing in the community to reduce their pain and fatigue by improving mobility through strength and balance training in the context of a complementary mental health intervention to address motivation and social support. Specifically, the integrated intervention includes components to address (1) balance and fall prevention (Otago), (2) strengthening and mindfulness (Yoga), and importantly, (3) affective state and social support which are crucial to maintaining motivation (Behavioral Activation). Moreover, these 3 best practices interventions will be enhanced by integrating physical activity data tracking to complement self-report measures, the former of which will be available in real time for patient and provider review, with parameter violations (eg, non-activity during scheduled activity time; overall activity level lower for a set period of time) triggering brief telehealth sessions to address any problems. Finally, participant qualitative feedback will be captured through voice/video recorded diaries focusing on experienced pain, fatigue, sleep, personal reactions to the project and physical activity as well as technology issues they may encounter.
Stroke is the leading cause of disability, as many of those affected demonstrate difficulty with movement and
walking. Rehabilitation post-stroke can be challenging and often ineffective because no two stroke survivors
present with the same mobility impairments, yet the same physical therapy interventions are utilized. Thus, a need exists to personalize rehabilitation techniques to improve function and mobility post-stroke. The proposed innovative research will test a framework created to identify the most effective intervention based on a participant's specific motor control problems. We plan to study how self-selected walking speed is impacted by a four-week walking program that incorporates either walking on an inclined or declined treadmill compared to walking on a flat treadmill. We will determine the best intervention for each problem and identify predictors of response. Selecting the correct intervention for personalized motor control problems, as opposed to applying a one-size-fits-all strategy for rehabilitation, is likely to improve walking function in Veterans after stroke.
As our bodies use the sugars that we consume for energy they generate waste chemicals known as metabolites. One such group of metabolites is known as advanced glycation end products or AGEs for short. Critically apart from their production as a result of sugar breakdown, AGE levels in the body are also increased by the foods that we eat and when we do not get enough exercise. AGEs may cause many of the side effects experienced by prostate cancer survivors. This study aims to examine the effects of diet change and exercise on AGE levels in prostate cancer survivors.
We are conducting the INSIGHT COPD study because symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and high body mass index (BMI) overlap. There are many medications for patients with COPD, but there is little mention of weight loss as a possible treatment in current research. We are trying to find out if a lifestyle program that promotes modest weight loss and increased physical activity will improve COPD symptoms and lead to better exercise tolerance for those with a high BMI. We are also looking at the effects on shortness of breath, quality-of-life, and cardiovascular disease risk factors. The INSIGHT COPD trial is taking place at many sites across the United States including MUSC, and is planning to enroll approximately 1000 people.
Self administered-surveys will be conducted of patients with advanced stage lung cancer who utilize the Hollings Cancer Center and East Cooper multidisciplinary thoracic oncology clinic for medical care. Information about their activity level and quality of life will be collected. Baseline activity level will be monitored for one week based on amount of steps recorded on the Fitbit® pedometer, and a physical activity prescription will be given for an additional three weeks. The results will help determine if exercise is beneficial to lung cancer patients and if exercise as an adjuvant treatment is viable.
Exercise adoption enhances well-being and recovery from breast cancer. In two previous studies, we have trained community volunteers with the American Cancer Society to provide exercise counseling for breast cancer survivors and the survivors increased their exercise in the short-term (R01 CA132854). This randomized controlled study examines the effects of three maintenance conditions following the 3-month exercise counseling provided by the community volunteers on exercise participation among breast cancer patients at longer follow-ups.
To begin, all study participants (n=150) will receive a 3-month telephone-based exercise program from Reach to Recovery (RTR) volunteers at the American Cancer Society. This will be followed by three maintenance programs during Months 4-9: Reach Plus (participants will receive exercise logs and feedback reports), Reach Plus Phone (monthly counseling calls from coaches, exercise logs and feedback reports) and 3) Reach Plus Messages (monthly email/text messages, exercise logs and feedback reports).
We will enroll 150 women who have completed treatment for breast cancer and assess their exercise behavior, fatigue, quality of life, and mood at baseline (before the 3 month exercise program), 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. The costs and effectiveness of the three groups will be examined to help guide future dissemination of this peer mentoring approach in community-based organizations to enhance cancer survivorship.