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Quantitative measurement of spastic ankle joint stiffness using a manual device: a preliminary study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20189176     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Quantitative measurement of ankle joint stiffness following stroke could prove useful in monitoring the progress of a rehabilitation programme. The objective of this study was to design a manual device for use in the clinical setting. Manual measurement of spastic ankle joint stiffness has historically been conducted using hand-held dynamometers or alternative devices, but some difficulties have been reported in controlling the velocity applied to the ankle during the measurement. In this study, a manually operated device was constructed with a footplate, a torquemeter and a potentiometer. It was mechanically designed to rotate around an approximated axis of the ankle joint and to measure ankle joint angular position and its corresponding resistive torque. Two stroke hemiplegic subjects pariticapted in a pilot study. The results suggested that difficulty in controlling the applied velocity might be complemented by presenting torque data as a function of peak angular velocity in each stretching cycle. Moreover, the results demonstrated that the device could potentially apply a wide range of angular velocities and provide potentially useful clinical information. Quantitative data successfully acquired using this method included the approximate ankle angular position, where the velocity-dependent characteristics of stiffness was notably initiated and its corresponding torque and velocity.
Authors:
Toshiki Kobayashi; Aaron K L Leung; Yasushi Akazawa; Masao Tanaka; Stephen W Hutchins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-02-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of biomechanics     Volume:  43     ISSN:  1873-2380     ISO Abbreviation:  J Biomech     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-07     Completed Date:  2010-09-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0157375     Medline TA:  J Biomech     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1831-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Department of Health Technology and Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Ankle Joint / physiopathology*
Elastic Modulus
Equipment Design
Equipment Failure Analysis
Hemiplegia / diagnosis*,  physiopathology*
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Physical Examination / instrumentation*
Pilot Projects
Reproducibility of Results
Sensitivity and Specificity

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