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Hagiga, A., M. Aly, M. Gumaa, A. R. Youssef, and T. Cubison, "Targeted muscle reinnervation in managing post-amputation related pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis", Pain Practice, vol. 23, issue 8, pp. 922-932, 2023.
Rehan Youssef, A., M. Gumaa, and M. Czub, "Virtual reality for pain management", Frontiers in Pain Research, vol. 4, issue 1, pp. 1274613, 2023. fpain-04-1274613_1.pdf
Abdelnaeem, A. O., A. R. Youssef, N. F. Mahmoud, N. A. Fayaz, and R. Vining, "Psychometric properties of chronic low back pain diagnostic classification systems: a systematic review.", European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society, vol. 30, issue 4, pp. 957-989, 2021. Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To identify and critically appraise studies evaluating psychometric properties of functionally oriented diagnostic classification systems for Non-Specific Chronic Low Back Pain (NS-CLBP).

METHODS: This review employed methodology consistent with PRISMA guidelines. Electronic databases and journals: (PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane, PEDro, CINAHL, Index to chiropractic literature, ProQuest, Physical Therapy, Journal of Physiotherapy, Canadian Physiotherapy and Physiotherapy Theory and Practice) were searched from inception until January 2020. Included studies evaluated the validity and reliability of NS-CLBP diagnostic classification systems in adults. Risk of bias was assessed using a Critical Appraisal Tool.

RESULTS: Twenty-two studies were eligible: Five investigated inter-rater reliability, and 17 studies analyzed validity of O'Sullivan's classification system (OCS, n = 15), motor control impairment (MCI) test battery (n = 1), and Pain Behavior Assessment (PBA, n = 1). Evidence from multiple low risk of bias studies demonstrates that OCS has moderate to excellent inter-rater reliability (kappa > 0.4). Also, two low risk of bias studies support of OCS-MCI subcategory. Three tests within the MCI test battery show acceptable inter- and intra-rater reliability for clinical use (the "sitting knee extension," the "one leg stance," and the "pelvic tilt" tests). Evidence for the reliability and validity of the PBA is limited to one high bias risk study.

CONCLUSIONS: Multiple low risk of bias studies demonstrate strong inter-rater reliability for OCS classification specifically OCS-MCI subcategory. Future studies with low risk of bias are needed to evaluate reliability and validity of the MCI test battery and the PBA.

Gumaa, M., A. Khaireldin, and A. R. Youssef, "Validity and Reliability of Interactive Virtual Reality in Assessing the Musculoskeletal System: a Systematic Review.", Current reviews in musculoskeletal medicine, vol. 14, issue 2, pp. 130-144, 2021. Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Assessment of the musculoskeletal system requires consideration of its integrated function with the nervous system. This may be assisted by using valid and reliable methods that simulate real-life situations. Interactive virtual reality (VR) technology may introduce various auditory and visual inputs that mimic real-life scenarios. However, evidence supporting the quality and strength of evidence regarding the adequacy of its psychometric properties in assessing the musculoskeletal function has not been evaluated yet. Therefore, this study reviewed the validity and reliability of VR games and real-time feedback in assessing the musculoskeletal system.

RECENT FINDINGS: Nine studies were included in quality assessment. Based on outcome measures, studies were categorized into range of motion (ROM), balance, reaction time, and cervical motion velocity and accuracy. The majority of the studies were of moderate quality and provided evidence of VR adequate concurrent and, in some cases, known-groups validity. Also, VR showed high intra-rater reliability for most of the measured outcomes. Based on the included studies, there is a limited promising evidence that interactive VR using games or real-time feedback is highly valid and reliable in assessing ROM in asymptomatic participants and patients with chronic neck pain and radial fracture. For the remaining outcomes, evidence is limited to draw a robust conclusion. Future studies are recommended to test VR psychometric properties in different patients' population using a rigor research methodology.

Osama Al Saadawy, B., N. Abdo, E. Embaby, and A. R. Youssef, "Validity and reliability of smartphones in measuring joint position sense among asymptomatic individuals and patients with knee osteoarthritis: A cross-sectional study.", The Knee, vol. 29, pp. 313-322, 2021. Abstract

BACKGROUND: Quantifying proprioception deficit in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) may be important in evaluating treatment effectiveness. This study investigated the concurrent and known-groups validity as well as test-retest reliability of a smartphone application in assessing joint position sense (JPS) in asymptomatic individuals and patients with knee OA.

METHODS: Sixty-four knees, from 16 asymptomatic controls and 16 patients with bilateral OA, were assessed twice with a 1-week interval in between. The smartphone Goniometer Pro application and isokinetic dynamometer simultaneously quantified JPS, in terms of absolute repositioning error (RE) angle, during active and passive limb movements at selected angles.

RESULTS: Both devices showed moderate to almost perfect correlations in measuring JPS; whether active (intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) >0.87) or passive (ICC >0.97). The mean RE angle differences between the two devices were <0.77° (passive JPS) and <2.76° (active JPS). Both devices were capable of distinguishing patients and asymptomatic controls at 55° and 80°. The smartphone showed moderate test-retest reliability of active JPS measurement (ICC = 0.51) in the two groups, similar to that of the isokinetic dynamometer (ICC = 0.62), but with a high measurement error.

CONCLUSIONS: Smartphone application is a valid alternative to the isokinetic dynamometer in assessing JPS in patients with knee OA and asymptomatic controls. The two devices could distinguish patients and asymptomatic volunteers during passive JPS measured at 55° and 80°. Both devices have moderate reliability in quantifying active JPS, but reliability results should be considered with caution.

Abu-Taleb, W., and A. Rehan Youssef, "Work-related musculoskeletal disorders among Egyptian physical therapists", Bull Fac Phys Ther, vol. 26, issue 7, 2021.
El-Agroudy, M. N., M. Gaber, D. Joseph, M. Ibrahim, M. Amin, D. Helmy, M. Hanafy, S. Hisham, M. I. Awad, A. R. Youssef, et al., "Assistive Exoskeleton Hand Glove", International Conference on Innovative Trends in Computer Engineering (ITCE), Aswan, Egypt, 8-9 Feb. 2020.
Mohamed, M. H., S. H. Wagdy, M. A. Atalla, A. Rehan Youssef, and S. A. Maged, "A proposed soft pneumatic actuator control based on angle estimation from data-driven model", Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 2020. AbstractWebsite
Abdeldaiem, A. S., E. S. B. Saweeres, A. - E. A. - E. Shehab-Eldien, A. F. Mannion, and A. R. Youssef, "Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Arabic version of the Core Outcome Measures Index for the back (COMI-back) in patients with non-specific low back pain.", European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society, vol. 29, issue 10, pp. 2413-2430, 2020. Abstract

PURPOSE: To cross-culturally adapt the Core Outcome Measures Index for the back (COMI-back) for the Arabic language and to test its reliability and validity in Egyptian patients with non-specific low back pain (LBP).

METHODS: COMI-back was translated and cross-culturally adapted into Arabic according to standard guidelines. Its construct validity was assessed in 85 patients with chronic LBP (mean (± SD) age, 41.1 (± 10.4) years and 65/85 (76.5%) female) who completed a booklet of questionnaires including the Arabic versions of COMI-back, Roland Morris disability questionnaire, Oswestry disability index, the short form health survey 36, and the visual analogue scale for back pain. Test-retest reliability was assessed in 52 participants who completed the booklet again within 7 days.

RESULTS: Floor effects (worst status; 1.2-10.6%) and ceiling effects (best status; 1.2-11.8%) for COMI-back were acceptable, except for symptom-specific well-being (18.8%, floor), leg pain (23.5%, ceiling), and work disability (31.8%, ceiling). The COMI item scores correlated with those of the reference questionnaires (ρ = 0.45-0.88) to the hypothesized extent, except for the COMI symptom-specific well-being (ρ = 0.16-0.17) and quality of life (ρ = 0.38). The intra-class correlation coefficient for the summary score was 0.90, whereas that of the individual items ranged from 0.71-0.92. The standard error of measurement and minimal detectable change for the summary score were 0.51 and 1.41 points, respectively. The predefined hypotheses for construct validity and reliability were largely confirmed.

CONCLUSION: The Arabic version of COMI-back represents a valid and reliable instrument for use in Arabic-speaking patients with non-specific LBP.

Abdo, N., B. ALSaadawy, E. Embaby, and A. R. Youssef, "Validity and reliability of smartphone use in assessing balance in patients with chronic ankle instability and healthy volunteers: A cross-sectional study.", Gait & posture, vol. 82, pp. 26-32, 2020. Abstract

BACKGROUND: Chronic ankle instability (CAI) is associated with defective posture control and balance; thus, a proper assessment of these impairments is necessary for effective clinical decision-making. There is a need for portable, valid, and reliable methods to facilitate the easy collection of real-world data, such as mobile phones.

RESEARCH QUESTION: Is the smartphone "MyAnkle" application valid and reliable in assessing balance in patients with CAI and healthy volunteers?

METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study. Sixty-five participants completed two assessment sessions, including 31 patients (n = 41 ankles with CAI and 21 asymptomatic ankles) and 34 healthy volunteers (n = 68 ankles). In each session, dynamic single-leg stance balance was measured simultaneously using the "MyAnkle" application and the Biodex balance system (BBS) version 3. Testing was conducted at three levels of BBS difficulty-4 (D4, hard, loose platform), 6 (D6, moderate), and 8 (D8, easy, stiffer platform)-and repeated with opened and closed eyes. Both limbs were tested in a random order by two independent blinded assessors.

RESULTS: The two devices showed significant poor-to-moderate correlations when eyes were closed (p < 0.05). For discriminant validity, the application did not distinguish the two study groups in all tested conditions (p > 0.05), whereas the BBS weakly to moderately distinguished the dominant limbs in the two groups at all difficulty levels with eyes-open and at D8 with eyes-closed regardless to limb dominance. For reliability, a significantly poor to moderate inter-session reliability was noted for the two devices.

SIGNIFICANCE: "MyAnkle" application is valid in assessing balance in patients with CAI when the eyes are closed. However, similarly to BBS, its one-week test-retest reliability may be insufficient for accurate follow-up of balance changes and need to be interpreted with caution. Future studies need to establish its inter-tester reliability and its usefulness in telerehabilitation.

Rehan Youssef, A., and M. Gumaa, "Virtual Reality in Orthopedic Rehabilitation", Virtual Reality in Health and Rehabilitation: CRC Press, 2020.
Abdelnaeem, A. O., R. Vining, and A. Rehan Youssef, "Classification of pregnancy related non-specific low back pain and pelvic girdle pain: a systematic review", Physical Therapy Reviews, vol. 24, issue 3-4, pp. 156 - 174, 2019. AbstractWebsite
Gumaa, M., and A. R. Youssef, "Is Virtual Reality Effective in Orthopedic Rehabilitation? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis", Physical Therapy, vol. 99, issue 10, pp. 1304 - 1325, 2019. AbstractWebsite
Attia, M., M. F. Taher, and A. R. Youssef, "Design and validation of a smart wearable device to prevent recurrent ankle sprain.", Journal of medical engineering & technology, vol. 42, issue 6, pp. 461-467, 2018 Aug. Abstract

Lateral ankle sprain is one of the most common ankle injuries, especially in sports. When not treated properly, chronic ankle instability (CAI) may develop causing recurrent sprains and permanent damage to ankle ligaments. In this study, the design, implementation and validation of a smart wearable device connected to a smartphone application is described. This device can predict and prevent the occurrence of ankle sprain. Prediction of potentially harmful motion is achieved by continuous monitoring of ankle kinematics using inertial motion sensors. Detection of such a motion immediately triggers electrical stimulation of the peroneal muscles causing foot dorsiflexion, and hence prevents potential injury. The proposed device has the advantage of having a very short response time of eight milliseconds which is sufficient to halt the sprain motion. Laboratory validation testing using a custom designed trapdoor showed an accuracy of 96% in detecting and correcting hazardous motion. Furthermore, this device complies well with the design constrains of a wearable device such as small size and low power consumption. It is also low cost and unobtrusive due to the wireless connection between all components. Future work is recommended to test the clinical effectiveness of the proposed device in patients with CAI.

Youssef, A. R., and M. Gumaa, "Validity and reliability of smartphone applications for clinical assessment of the neuromusculoskeletal system.", Expert review of medical devices, vol. 14, issue 6, pp. 481-493, 2017 Jun. Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Clinicians increasingly use smartphone medical applications. There is no evidence to support the validity and reliability of applications used to assess the neuromusculoskeletal system. The aim of this study was to systematically review the quality of studies as well as the validity and reliability of using a smartphone as a clinical assessment tool for the neuromusculoskeletal system. Areas covered: PubMed, CINAHL and Embase were searched. A manual search was also conducted. Additionally, forward snowballing of relevant articles was performed in Scopus and Web of Science. Two reviewers independently selected the articles, extracted the data using a standardized form and assessed the articles quality based on a scoring system Expert commentary: Thirty-four articles were found eligible and were categorized into four groups: Range of Motion (ROM), posture and deformity, tremors and reflexes, and gait and mobility. Only the ROM category supported the validity and reliability of using smartphone applications as assessment tools. Regarding quality assessment scores, the articles in ROM and posture and deformity categories ranged from poor to good quality, whereas those in the tremors and reflexes and gait and mobility categories had poor quality.

Mohammad, T., and A. R. Youssef, "Time to recovery of sciatic function index after induced tibialis anterior strain in rats.", Muscles, ligaments and tendons journal, vol. 7, issue 3, pp. 576-582, 2017 Jul-Sep. Abstract

Background: Muscle strain is a common injury with a high recurrence rate. Due to the heterogeneity of strain injuries, experimental animals provide controlled and reproducible models to investigate such injuries. Sciatic Function Index (SFI) is a clinically feasible method to assess hind limb recovery in rodents after induced injuries.

Objectives: To investigate time to recovery of SFI after induced-strain in tibialis anterior (TA) muscle in rats.

Methods: Sixteen adult male Wister rats were randomly and equally divided to a normal control group that received no intervention, and TA induced muscle strain group. Muscle strain was induced using an external weight that corresponded to 150% of the animal body weight. SFI was tested only once in the control group. For the muscle strain group, SFI was tested on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 20 and 24 days after strain induction.

Results: Comparisons between group showed significant difference in SFI on the 1, 2, 3 and 4 days (p= 0.012, 0.012, 0.012 and 0.028, respectively).

Conclusions: In a rat animal model of TA induced muscle strain, functional recovery measured by SFI is evident on the 7 day post-injury, which corresponds to the sub-acute phase of injury.

Level of evidence: V.

Abu Taleb, W., A. R. Youssef, and amir saleh, "The effectiveness of manual versus algometer pressure release techniques for treating active myofascial trigger points of the upper trapezius.", Journal of bodywork and movement therapies, vol. 20, issue 4, pp. 863-869, 2016 Oct. Abstract

Manual pressure release (MPR) is a popular treatment of trigger points. Yet, treatment response may be influenced by inconsistent application of pressure. Further, it may contribute to increased risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders of the wrist and hand in therapists. Therefore, this study aimed at introducing a novel method to apply pressure using the algometer and to compare its effectiveness to MPR. Forty-five volunteers with active trigger points of the upper trapezius received algometer pressure release (APR), MPR, or sham ultrasound (US). Pain pressure threshold (PPT) and contralateral active and passive neck side-bending ranges were assessed at baseline and immediately after a single session. Results showed no significant differences in post-treatment PPT between the study groups (p > 0.05). The APR group showed a significant increase in passive side-bending range compared with the two other groups, whereas active range improved in the APR compared with the US group (p < 0.05). Our results show that using algometer to apply pressure release to upper trapezius trigger points is more effective compared with manual release and sham US.

Ali, H., khaled ayad, A. R. Youssef, and W. Awadallah, "Effect of different techniques of non-anatomical repair of anterior shoulder instability (Latarjet procedure) on patients response to rehabilitation", Brussels Hand/Upper limb International Symposium, Brussels, Belgium , 2015.
Bakry, M. G., A. R. Youssef, and E. S. B. Saweeres, "Is Static Lower Limb Alignment a Risk Factor for Hamstring Injury In Soccer Players?", 16th EFFORT Congress, Prague, Czeck Republic, 2015.
Youssef, A. R., A. M. A. Ibrahim, and K. E. S. Ayad, "Mulligan Mobilization Is More Effective in Treating Diabetic Frozen Shoulder Than the Maitland Technique", International journal of physiotherapy, vol. 2, issue 5, pp. 804-810, 2015.
Youssef, A. R., N. Abdulhalim, I. M, and A. A., "The use of electric stimulation in treating clubfoot in newborn infants", The Bulletin of the Faculty of Physical Therapy, vol. 20, issue 1, 2015.
Khairedin, A., khaled ayad, M. G. Bakry, A. R. Youssef, and G. Hosny, "Changes in Muscle Architecture With Various Exercises During Distraction Osteogenesis of Tibia", APTA NEXT Conference and Exposition, Charlott, North Carolina, USA, 2014.
Ali, H., khaled ayad, A. R. Youssef, and W. Awadallah, "Effects of Glenoid Labrum Removal During Latarjet Repair on Shoulder Functional Recovery", APTA NEXT Conference and Exposition, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, 2014.