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Conference Paper: Quantitative surface electromyography topography for low back pain assessment

TitleQuantitative surface electromyography topography for low back pain assessment
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Issue Date2009
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The 6th SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference, combined meeting with the Royal College of Orthopaedic Surgeons of Thailand (RCOST), Pattaya, Thailand, 29 October-1 November 2009. How to Cite?
AbstractMuscle function impairment was found to be low back pain (LBP)-associated. This paper proposed a new assessment tool using surface electromyography (sEMG) topography, which can visualize the sEMG activity in back muscle during dynamic motion. This study was aimed to quantity the pattern features of dynamic sEMG topography from in-vivo lumbar flexion-extension test in healthy subjects and low back pain (LBP) patients, to investigate the potential use of this technique in LBP assessment. SEMG signals were recorded in 100 normal subjects and 14 LBP patients by applying surface EMG electrode array on the low back muscles during forward bending. Rootmean-square (RMS) was calculated, while the topographies of RMS distribution were constructed by cubic spline interpolation. The highest 20% RMS value region of the topography was defined as high activity. The area, width and width/height ratio of high activity were calculated and compared between normal and LBP. SEMG topographies in normal subjects showed symmetrical muscle activities, while LBP patients did not come up with regular patterns. The high activity region on LBP patients showed significantly larger area (p<0.03), width (p<0.01) and width-to-height ratio (p<0.05) than normal subjects. The alternation of pattern in high activity region suggested imbalanced lumbar muscle contraction which might imply abnormal postural coordination strategies in LBP patients. The sEMG topographic morphology was found to be significantly different between LBP patients and normal subjects. This study provides a quantitative and objective approach to investigate muscle function.
DescriptionPoster Presentations: Session: Degenerative diseases / Varia - Spine. Abstract no. 22239 - http://www.sicot.org/resources/File/Pattaya/abstract%20cdrom_posters.pdf
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/126578

 

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dc.contributor.authorHu, Yen_HK
dc.contributor.authorSiu, SHFen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLuk, KDKen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-31T12:36:36Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-31T12:36:36Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationThe 6th SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference, combined meeting with the Royal College of Orthopaedic Surgeons of Thailand (RCOST), Pattaya, Thailand, 29 October-1 November 2009.en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/126578-
dc.descriptionPoster Presentations: Session: Degenerative diseases / Varia - Spine. Abstract no. 22239 - http://www.sicot.org/resources/File/Pattaya/abstract%20cdrom_posters.pdf-
dc.description.abstractMuscle function impairment was found to be low back pain (LBP)-associated. This paper proposed a new assessment tool using surface electromyography (sEMG) topography, which can visualize the sEMG activity in back muscle during dynamic motion. This study was aimed to quantity the pattern features of dynamic sEMG topography from in-vivo lumbar flexion-extension test in healthy subjects and low back pain (LBP) patients, to investigate the potential use of this technique in LBP assessment. SEMG signals were recorded in 100 normal subjects and 14 LBP patients by applying surface EMG electrode array on the low back muscles during forward bending. Rootmean-square (RMS) was calculated, while the topographies of RMS distribution were constructed by cubic spline interpolation. The highest 20% RMS value region of the topography was defined as high activity. The area, width and width/height ratio of high activity were calculated and compared between normal and LBP. SEMG topographies in normal subjects showed symmetrical muscle activities, while LBP patients did not come up with regular patterns. The high activity region on LBP patients showed significantly larger area (p<0.03), width (p<0.01) and width-to-height ratio (p<0.05) than normal subjects. The alternation of pattern in high activity region suggested imbalanced lumbar muscle contraction which might imply abnormal postural coordination strategies in LBP patients. The sEMG topographic morphology was found to be significantly different between LBP patients and normal subjects. This study provides a quantitative and objective approach to investigate muscle function.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofCombined SICOT/RCOST Annual Meeting-
dc.titleQuantitative surface electromyography topography for low back pain assessmenten_HK
dc.typeConference_Paperen_HK
dc.identifier.emailHu, Y: yhud@HKUCC.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailSiu, SHF: stansiu@graduate.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLuk, KDK: hrmoldk@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityHu, Y=rp00432en_HK
dc.identifier.authorityLuk, KDK=rp00333en_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros180236en_HK
dc.description.otherThe 6th SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference, combined meeting with the Royal College of Orthopaedic Surgeons of Thailand (RCOST), Pattaya, Thailand, 29 October-1 November 2009.-

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