Title: Clinical assessments can discriminate altered body perception in patients with unilateral chronic low back pain, but not differences between affected and unaffected side
Authors : Meier, Raphael
Iten, Patricia
Luomajoki, Hannu
Published in : Musculoskeletal Science and Practice
Volume(Issue) : 39
Pages : 136
Pages to: 143
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
Issue Date: 2019
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Altered body perception; Body image drawing; Chronic low back pain; Left/right judgment task; Two-point discrimination
Subject (DDC) : 617.5: Orthopaedic surgery
Abstract: Chronic pain disorders appear to be associated with altered body perception. The clinical tools of two-point discrimination (TPD), left/right judgment task (LRJ) and body image drawing (BID) can all be used to assess altered body perception in people with chronic low back pain (CLBP). The aim of this observational study was to examine whether values from TPD, LRJ and BID can determine altered body perception between unilateral CLBP patients' painful and pain-free trunk sides, through the evaluation of some of the underlying mechanisms of body perception. Twenty-seven eligible participants completed all tasks. Inclusion criteria were: unilateral CLBP with duration of over 12 weeks; pain level higher than two out of ten on the numeric rating scale; a minimum score of four points on the Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ). Findings from TPD and BID tests showed an alteration in body awareness. However, no significant interaction effects were found between the affected sides and their measurements (TPD p = 0.310, LRJ response time p = 0.571, LRJ accuracy p = 0.190, BID p = 0.751). The profiling of people with high levels of distorted body perception for other factors known to contribute to CLBP may be a useful direction for further investigation.
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1016/j.msksp.2018.12.006
ISSN: 2468-8630
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/14483
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