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mDurance: A Novel Mobile Health System to Support Trunk Endurance Assessment.

Banos O, Moral-Munoz JA, Diaz-Reyes I, Arroyo-Morales M, Damas M, Herrera-Viedma E, Hong CS, Lee S, Pomares H, Rojas I, Villalonga C - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Bottom Line: This disorder constitutes one of the most common causes of disability worldwide, and as a result, it has a severe socioeconomic impact.The information registered by the sensors is processed and managed by a mobile application that facilitates the expert's normal routine, while reducing the impact of human errors and expediting the analysis of the test results.The results of this study prove the reliability of mDurance and further demonstrate that practitioners are certainly interested in the regular use of a system of this nature.

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Affiliation: Department of Computer Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Yongin-si 446-701, Korea. oresti@oslab.khu.ac.kr.

ABSTRACT
Low back pain is the most prevalent musculoskeletal condition. This disorder constitutes one of the most common causes of disability worldwide, and as a result, it has a severe socioeconomic impact. Endurance tests are normally considered in low back pain rehabilitation practice to assess the muscle status. However, traditional procedures to evaluate these tests suffer from practical limitations, which potentially lead to inaccurate diagnoses. The use of digital technologies is considered here to facilitate the task of the expert and to increase the reliability and interpretability of the endurance tests. This work presents mDurance, a novel mobile health system aimed at supporting specialists in the functional assessment of trunk endurance by using wearable and mobile devices. The system employs a wearable inertial sensor to track the patient trunk posture, while portable electromyography sensors are used to seamlessly measure the electrical activity produced by the trunk muscles. The information registered by the sensors is processed and managed by a mobile application that facilitates the expert's normal routine, while reducing the impact of human errors and expediting the analysis of the test results. In order to show the potential of the mDurance system, a case study has been conducted. The results of this study prove the reliability of mDurance and further demonstrate that practitioners are certainly interested in the regular use of a system of this nature.

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Trunk endurance assessment tests: (a) STEET; (b) TCSET; and (c) SBET.
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Mentions: Several functional trunk endurance tests to assess low back stabilization can be found in the literature [11,51]. The most widely-used ones are the static trunk extensor endurance test (STEET), also known as the Sorensen test [52], the trunk curl static endurance test (TCSET), also known as the trunk flexor endurance test [53], and the side bridge endurance test (SBET) [12] (see Figure 2). In the STEET, the subject has to maintain a horizontal unsupported posture, extending the upper body beyond the edge of the bench. In the TCSET, a curled position must be held with only the scapulae clearing the table. Finally, the SBET requires the individual to lie on their side while lifting the torso and thigh off the bench, such that the body weight is on the elbow and feet. It must be noted that two chances are given to the individual to execute the STEET, while evaluation of both left and right sides are considered as part of the SBET. A detailed description of each test, including posture, procedure and finalization criteria, is shown in Table 1.


mDurance: A Novel Mobile Health System to Support Trunk Endurance Assessment.

Banos O, Moral-Munoz JA, Diaz-Reyes I, Arroyo-Morales M, Damas M, Herrera-Viedma E, Hong CS, Lee S, Pomares H, Rojas I, Villalonga C - Sensors (Basel) (2015)

Trunk endurance assessment tests: (a) STEET; (b) TCSET; and (c) SBET.
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f2-sensors-15-13159: Trunk endurance assessment tests: (a) STEET; (b) TCSET; and (c) SBET.
Mentions: Several functional trunk endurance tests to assess low back stabilization can be found in the literature [11,51]. The most widely-used ones are the static trunk extensor endurance test (STEET), also known as the Sorensen test [52], the trunk curl static endurance test (TCSET), also known as the trunk flexor endurance test [53], and the side bridge endurance test (SBET) [12] (see Figure 2). In the STEET, the subject has to maintain a horizontal unsupported posture, extending the upper body beyond the edge of the bench. In the TCSET, a curled position must be held with only the scapulae clearing the table. Finally, the SBET requires the individual to lie on their side while lifting the torso and thigh off the bench, such that the body weight is on the elbow and feet. It must be noted that two chances are given to the individual to execute the STEET, while evaluation of both left and right sides are considered as part of the SBET. A detailed description of each test, including posture, procedure and finalization criteria, is shown in Table 1.

Bottom Line: This disorder constitutes one of the most common causes of disability worldwide, and as a result, it has a severe socioeconomic impact.The information registered by the sensors is processed and managed by a mobile application that facilitates the expert's normal routine, while reducing the impact of human errors and expediting the analysis of the test results.The results of this study prove the reliability of mDurance and further demonstrate that practitioners are certainly interested in the regular use of a system of this nature.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Computer Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Yongin-si 446-701, Korea. oresti@oslab.khu.ac.kr.

ABSTRACT
Low back pain is the most prevalent musculoskeletal condition. This disorder constitutes one of the most common causes of disability worldwide, and as a result, it has a severe socioeconomic impact. Endurance tests are normally considered in low back pain rehabilitation practice to assess the muscle status. However, traditional procedures to evaluate these tests suffer from practical limitations, which potentially lead to inaccurate diagnoses. The use of digital technologies is considered here to facilitate the task of the expert and to increase the reliability and interpretability of the endurance tests. This work presents mDurance, a novel mobile health system aimed at supporting specialists in the functional assessment of trunk endurance by using wearable and mobile devices. The system employs a wearable inertial sensor to track the patient trunk posture, while portable electromyography sensors are used to seamlessly measure the electrical activity produced by the trunk muscles. The information registered by the sensors is processed and managed by a mobile application that facilitates the expert's normal routine, while reducing the impact of human errors and expediting the analysis of the test results. In order to show the potential of the mDurance system, a case study has been conducted. The results of this study prove the reliability of mDurance and further demonstrate that practitioners are certainly interested in the regular use of a system of this nature.

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