Isabel A C Baert

Isabel A C Baert
University of Antwerp | UA · Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy

PhD Biomedical Sciences

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Additional affiliations
October 2013 - present
University of Antwerp
Position
  • PostDoc Position
January 2007 - June 2013
KU Leuven
Position
  • PhD Student
April 2004 - September 2013
Artesis University College Antwerp
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
September 2004 - June 2006
KU Leuven
Field of study
  • Aggregaatsopleiding voor het hoger en secundair onderwijs
September 1999 - June 2000
KU Leuven
Field of study
  • Manual Therapy
September 1995 - June 1999
KU Leuven
Field of study
  • Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy

Publications

Publications (47)
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Background: Preoperative rehabilitation (hereafter called "prehabilitation") has been proposed as a potentially effective treatment to target preoperative risk factors to prevent insufficient outcome after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Purpose: We aimed to assess whether previous clinical trials of non-surgical, non-pharmacological prehabilitat...
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Objective: To summarize factors that are associated with a better treatment outcome after post-operative physical therapy in patients with shoulder arthroplasty. Data sources: PubMed, Cochrane, and Web of Science. Review methods: Studies examining factors that are associated with a better outcome after post-operative physical therapy intervent...
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All studies that investigated personal factors influencing pressure pain threshold (PPT) in healthy people were synthesized. Data was summarized, and risk of bias (RoB) and level of evidence were determined. Results were pooled per influencing factor, grouped by body region and included in meta-analyses. Fifty-four studies were eligible. Five had l...
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Background Adequate neuromuscular control of the knee could be one element to prevent secondary injuries after an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. To assess neuromuscular control in terms of time, amplitude and activity, electromyography (EMG) is used. However, it is unclear which assessments using EMG could be used for a safe return to spo...
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Background Adequate neuromuscular control of the knee could be one element to prevent secondary injuries after an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. However, it is unclear which measurements should be used to assess neuromuscular control of the knee for a safe return to sports (RTS). Objective To summarize assessments for neuromuscular contr...
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Objectives: To assess the immediate and three days postintervention effect of one dry needling session compared to one sham needling session on pain, central pain processing, muscle co-contraction and spatiotemporal parameters during gait in knee osteoarthritis patients. Methods: A double-blind randomized controlled trial was conducted. Sixty-on...
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Background Osteoarthritis (OA) is the leading cause of chronic disability in the elderly 1,2 . Abnormal central pain processing (CPP) is present in around 30% of the knee OA patients ³ and can be partly induced by peripheral nociception through long term potentiation ⁴ . An attempt to resolve abnormal CPP can be to eliminate this nociception ⁵ . My...
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Context Lateral ankle sprains (LAS) are among the most common injuries in sports, with a poor long – term prognosis due to high chronicity and recurrence rates. Chronic ankle instability (CAI) results up to 40% of people that endured a first – time LAS. Objective The aim of this study was to compare ankle stability between groups characterised by...
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Background Adequate neuromuscular control of the knee could be one element to prevent secondary injuries after an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. However, it is unclear which measurements should be used for a safe return to sports (RTS). Therefore, we aimed to summarize assessments for neuromuscular control of the knee after an ACL injury...
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Purpose of review Central sensitization (CS) is present in a variety of chronic pain conditions including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). An overview of the treatment options for desensitizing the central nervous system in RA patients, with CS as their dominant pain mechanism, is provided. Recent findings The treatment of pain in RA patients has mostly...
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Objectives Measuring thoracic spine mobility can be of interest as it has been associated with shoulder girdle function and scapular position in subjects with and without shoulder pain. At present, no reliability data of thoracic spine mobility measurements are available in the swimming population. This study aims to evaluate the within-session int...
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Background: Current treatment for adults with chronic pain often includes Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) to make people understand the nature underlying their pain and thus provides a clear rational for a biopsychosocial approach. Despite recommendations to use Pain Neuroscience Education as well in children with chronic pain, a specific progra...
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Background: The therapeutic value of proprioceptive-based exercises in knee osteoarthritis (KOA) management warrants investigation of proprioceptive testing methods easily accessible in clinical practice. Objective: To estimate inter- and intrarater reliability of the knee joint position sense (KJPS) test and knee force sense (KFS) test in subje...
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Background: Despite the large number of cross-sectional studies on gait in subjects with knee osteoarthritis, there are scarcely any longitudinal studies on gait changes in knee osteoarthritis. Methods: Gait analysis was performed on 25 women with early and 18 with established medial knee osteoarthritis, as well as a group of 23 healthy controls...
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Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the relationship of psychosocial factors, namely, pain catastrophizing, kinesiophobia, and maladaptive coping strategies, with muscle strength, pain, and physical performance in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA)-related symptoms. Methods: A total of 109 women (64 with knee OA-related symptoms)...
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Background: Despite growing awareness of the contribution of central pain mechanisms to knee osteoarthritis pain in a subgroup of patients, routine evaluation of central sensitization is yet to be incorporated into clinical practice. The objective of this perspective is to design a set of clinical descriptors for the recognition of central sensitiz...
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OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to first compare the effects of a preoperative treatment combining pain neuroscience education (PNE) with knee joint mobilization versus biomedical education with knee joint mobilization on central sensitization (CS) in patients with knee osteoarthritis, both before and after surgery. Second, we wanted to compare the ef...
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Background: Expanded distribution of pain is considered a sign of central sensitization (CS). The relationship between recording of symptoms and CS in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) has been poorly investigated. Objective: To examine whether the area of pain assessed using pain drawings (PDs) relates to CS and clinical symptoms in people with...
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OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to systematically review whether the presence of altered central pain modulation pre-surgical influences outcome after total knee replacement (TKR) in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA), and if so which indices of central pain modulation predict poor outcome after TKR. METHODS: To identify relevant articles,...
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Objective: To establish the effects of relaxation therapy on autonomic function, pain, fatigue and daily functioning in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. Method: A systematic literature study was performed. Using specific keywords related to fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome and relaxation therapy, the electronic dat...
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Traditional understanding of osteoarthritis-related pain has recently been challenged in light of evidence supporting a key role of central sensitization in a subgroup of this population. This fact may erroneously lead musculoskeletal therapists to conclude that hands-on interventions have no place in OA management, and that hands-off interventions...
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Results on the effects of lateral wedge insoles (LWIs) in patients with medial knee osteoarthritis (OA) are ambiguous and not fully understood. Because of the low cost of this intervention and its clinical utility, attention to LWIs is worth considering. Current insights on the efficacy of LWIs are mainly focused on changing biomechanical aspects,...
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Introduction: Central sensitization (CS) is present in a variety of chronic pain disorders, including whiplash, temporomandibular disorders, low back pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, headache, lateral epicondylalgia among others. In spite of our increased understanding of the mechanisms involved in CS pain, its treatment remains a challenging i...
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The present study aims at studying interactions between cognitive performance and conditioned pain modulation in patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) and healthy controls. In addition, the relation between cortisol concentrations and cognitive performance will be studied in patients with chronic WAD. Thirty-one subjects, 16 hea...
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The purpose of this study was to identify differences in knee proprioceptive accuracy between subjects with early knee osteoarthritis (OA), established knee OA, and healthy controls. Furthermore, the relation between proprioceptive accuracy on the one hand and functional ability, postural balance, and muscle strength on the other hand was also expl...
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Purpose To explore associations between MRI-defined structural abnormalities and clinical features related to knee osteoarthritis (OA). Methods Structural and clinical knee OA features were assessed in 87 women (45 with knee OA symptoms). Structural features were quantified by the Kellgren and Lawrence grade on radiography and by the Boston-Leed...
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Objective: To establish a Real Time Location System (RTLS) using WiFi in a healthcare environment. Design: Pilot study. Setting: A home for the elderly in Belgium with 180 residents. Methods: Any standard WiFi compliant network can be used. The main requirement is a minimum availability of 3 access points at any place where location of a person is...

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