A prototype isokinetic torso rotation unit and an EMG signal processing system were utilized to obtain preliminary information on torso rotation. In Study 1, range- of-motion was found to be surprisingly uniform between low-back pain patients and normal subjects, although there was a significant strength variation between them at all isokinetic speeds tested. Both female patients and normal females showed approximately 70%-75% of the strength (torque/body weight) levels relative to their male counterparts. The decrement in trunk strength at high speeds was proportional for both patients and controls and was not nearly as dramatic as the decrement seen in the sagittal plane. In Studies 2 and 3, anatomic relationships evaluated by EMG testing of obliques and erector spinae showed that the contralateral abdominal obliques were the most consistent muscles providing a significant torsional moment to the spine.
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1985|
- Myoelectric fatigue analysis
- Torsional injury
- Torso rotation