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Test-retest reliability assessment of a cervical movement sense test using a laser pointer and automatic image analysis
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Abstract

Background:Neck pain accounts for a large part of western country´s total health care costs which emphasizes the need for effective rehabilitation interventions. There has in recent years been an increasing interest around the world to investigate the role of impaired neck sensorimotor control as a contributing factor to long term or recurring neck pain. There is however a lack of feasible and accurate objective methods for the assessment of movement behavior, including proprioception tests of the neck in the clinic today. The purpose of this observational study was to investigate test- retest reliability of such a test using a laser pointer and an automatic scoring system of the test results.

 

Methods:Sixty participants performed a tracking task of a zig-zag pattern in four different directions with a laser pointer attached to their head as accurately as possible at two different test occasions. Each trial was video recorded and analyzed with a specifically tailored image processing pipeline for automatic quantification of the test. The four main outcome variables were acuity, velocity, number of times off the target line and finally time to complete the test.

 

Results:The results of intra session repeatability between test occasion one and occasion two showed acceptable intra class correlation (ICC) values (0.67-0.76) for acuity and good to excellent for the other outcome variables (0.82-0.95). SEM values were quite high for all outcome variables, indicating that relative high values are needed to ensure that changes between measurement occasions are relevant. Wilcoxon signed ranks did not indicate any systematic bias with a learning effect for acuity, but for the other outcome variables it did.

Furthermore, there was a clear negative correlation between acuity and velocity, indicating a speed-accuracy trade off commonly found in manual tasks.

 

Conclusions:This study indicates that this specific test involving a tracking task of a zig-zag pattern with a laser pointer and automatic scoring of acuity from video recordings is a reliable and feasible test for assessment of sensorimotor control of the neck in the clinic. We suggest that further knowledge should be gained when the speed-accuracy trade off we found during the test are accounted for.

 

Keywords:Neck, Laser pointer, Proprioception, Tracking task

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 36
Keywords [en]
Neck, Laser pointer, Proprioception, Tracking task
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74752OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-74752DiVA, id: diva2:1327563
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
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Physiotherapy, master's level (120 credits)
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Available from: 2019-06-24 Created: 2019-06-19 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved

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