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Sensorimotor disturbances in chronic neck pain: range of motion, peak velocity, smoothness of movement, and repositioning acuity
University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research. Southern Lapland Research Department, Vilhelmina, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research. Department of Surgery and Perioperative Sciences, Division of Sports Medicine, University of Umeå, Sweden; Department of Health Science, Physiotherapy Unit, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research. Human Performance Laboratory, University of Delaware, DE, USA.
University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
2008 (English)In: Manual Therapy, ISSN 1356-689X, E-ISSN 1532-2769, Vol. 13, no 2, 122-131 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate sensorimotor functions in patients with chronic neck pain with objective and quantitative methods. A group of 16 patients with chronic idiopathic neck pain of insidious onset or whiplash associated disorders (WAD) was compared to an equally sized group of healthy subjects. Kinematics were investigated during voluntary head rotations by measuring range of motion, variability of range of motion (ROM-Variability), peak velocity, and smoothness of movement (jerk index). Repositioning acuity after cervical rotations was evaluated by analysing constant and variable error (VE). In comparison to the healthy subjects, the patients showed significantly larger jerk index, ROM-Variability and VE. No statistically significant differences were found between insidious neck pain and WAD. It is concluded that jerky and irregular cervical movements and poor position sense acuity are characteristic sensorimotor symptoms in chronic neck pain. The observed individuality in sensorimotor disturbances emphasizes the importance of developing specific rehabilitation programs for specific dysfunctions, and of using objective and quantitative methods for evaluation of rehabilitation.

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2008. Vol. 13, no 2, 122-131 p.
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Jerk; Motor control; Neck kinematics; Neck pain; Proprioception; Whiplash
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-1645DOI: 10.1016/j.math.2006.10.002ISI: 000255086300005PubMedID: 17197230Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-40749095295OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-1645DiVA: diva2:118307
Available from: 2008-04-02 Created: 2008-04-02 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved

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