Reliability of surface electromyography timing parameters in gait in cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
AffiliationPhysiotherapy Department, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. email@example.com
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CitationJ Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2011 Dec;21(6):1004-10. Epub 2011 Oct 8.
JournalJournal of electromyography and kinesiology : official journal of the, International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology
AbstractThe aims of this study were to validate a computerised method to detect muscle activity from surface electromyography (SEMG) signals in gait in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), and to evaluate the test-retest reliability of the activation times designated by this method. SEMG signals were recorded from rectus femoris (RF), biceps femoris (BF), tibialis anterior (TA), and medial gastrocnemius (MG), during gait in 12 participants with CSM on two separate test days. Four computerised activity detection methods, based on the Teager-Kaiser Energy Operator (TKEO), were applied to a subset of signals and compared to visual interpretation of muscle activation. The most accurate method was then applied to all signals for evaluation of test-retest reliability. A detection method based on a combined slope and amplitude threshold showed the highest agreement (87.5%) with visual interpretation. With respect to reliability, the standard error of measurement (SEM) of the timing of RF, TA and MG between test days was 5.5% stride duration or less, while the SEM of BF was 9.4%. The timing parameters of RF, TA and MG designated by this method were considered sufficiently reliable for use in clinical practice, however the reliability of BF was questionable.
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