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Test- retest reliability of a test for joint position sense in patients with mechanical low back pain.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Abstract

 

Background:Low back pain has a reported lifetime prevalence of about 70% and tops the list of 

years lived with disease in the developed countries. There is still to date areas on the mechanisms

driving pain andmovement system impairments not fully understood. For some areas the 

research are evident butclinically friendly methods lack. A new test for measuring joint position 

sense (JPS) in the lumbar spine is tested forreliability. 

Objectives:Aim of this study was to evaluate test-retest reliability on a new test measuring JPS,

using two laser pointers attached to the vertebrates off L1 and S1.

Design:Cross-sectional observational test-retest.

Methods:82 participants, 41 with mechanical low back pain and 41 healthy controls, were tested 

for repositioning error two times with 30-60minutes between tests. Movement directions tested 

was; Flexion, extension, rotation right and rotation left in sitting. Intraclasscorrelation coefficient 

(ICC) was used for measuring relative reliability and standard error ofmeasurement (SEM) for 

absolute reliability.

Results:ICC in the LBP group ranged from -0,51 – 0,94 and for the whole group -0,19 – 0,84. The SEM in the LBP group ranged from 0,1 – 2,9 (95%CI -5,6 – 6,4) and for the whole group 0,1 – 3,2 (95%CI -6,3 – 6,2).

Conclusions:The test-retest reliability of this JPS test shows poor to moderate reliability. Measuring joint positioning sense by using two laser pointers attached to S1 and L1 as in this study has shown not to be reliable enough to be used in clinical tests or research and can therefore not be recommended.

 

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 30
Keywords [en]
oint position sense, JPS, repositioning error, low back pain, test re - test, reliability
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Medical and Health Sciences Physiotherapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74996OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-74996DiVA, id: diva2:1330543
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Physiotherapy, master's level (120 credits)
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Available from: 2019-06-26 Created: 2019-06-25 Last updated: 2019-06-28Bibliographically approved

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