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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Comparative joint position error in patients with non-specific neck disorders and asymptomatic age-matched individuals
Authors: Quartey, Jonathan
Ernst, Markus
Bello, Ajediran
Oppong-Yeboah, Bertha
Bonney, Emmanuel
Acquaah, Kow
Asomaning, Felix
Foli, Margaret
Asante, Sandra
Schaemann, Astrid
Bauer, Christoph
et. al: No
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-3155
Published in: South African Journal of Physiotherapy
Volume(Issue): 75
Issue: 1/a568
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Publication Committee of the SASP
ISSN: 2410-8219
Language: English
Subjects: Joint position error; Proprioceptive; Neck disability; Age-matched; Neck disability index; Sex-matched
Subject (DDC): 610: Medicine and health
Abstract: Background: Neck pain is a common complaint worldwide and ranked seventh in 2010 as the cause of ‘years lived with disability’ in Ghana. Proprioceptive dysfunction, measured by joint position error (JPE) tests, indicates an association with neck pain frequency, dizziness and balance problems in patients. Objectives: To examine proprioceptive deficits of the neck using a laser pointer attached to the head. Methods: Twenty patients within the age group 21-60 years, with at least five points on the neck disability index (NDI), and 20 age- and sex-matched controls with less than five points on the NDI were recruited for this study. The JPE was determined wearing a headlight laser pointer directed towards a Cartesian coordinate system adjusted to x/y = 0/0, placed on a wall after returning from left and right rotation, flexion and extension. From starting in an upright sitting position, facing the Cartesian coordinate system, each participant performed five repetitions for each movement direction. The mean of five repetitions for each movement direction was calculated as absolute error (AE), constant error (CE) and variable error (VE). Results: Control participants showed larger JPE values for nearly all AE, CE and VE. After repositioning from flexion controls showed an approximately 0.6° larger median JPE, and the opposite for extension, with median differences between 1° and 2°. Conclusion: The results of this study do not reveal any meaningful differences between patients with mild disabled neck movement compared with controls. Clinical implications: Joint position error testing does not seem useful for patients with mild neck disability.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
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