Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-1932
Title: Reliability of movement control tests on the cervical spine
Authors : Patroncini, Maja
Hannig, Susanne
Meichtry, André
Luomajoki, Hannu
Published in : BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Volume(Issue) : 15
Issue : 402
Publisher / Ed. Institution : BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2014
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY 4.0: Namensnennung 4.0 International
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Movement control impairment; Neck pain; Reliability; Cervical spine
Subject (DDC) : 617.5: Orthopaedic surgery
Abstract: Background Movement control impairment reduces active control of movement. Patients with this might form an important subgroup among patients with mechanical cervical pain. Diagnosis is based on the observation of active movement tests. Although widely used clinically, few studies have been performed to determine the reliability of a test battery. The aim of this study was to determine the inter-tester reliability of movement control impairment [MCI] tests on the cervical spine. Methods Forty-five subjects (31 patients with neck pain, 14 healthy controls) were videotaped while performing a standardized test battery consisting of 13 tests of active movement control. Using observation, two experienced physiotherapists independently rated test performances as correct or incorrect. One of them was blinded to all other patient information and both to each other. Kappa coefficients and 95% confidence intervals [CI] for inter-tester results were calculated. Results The kappa values for inter-tester reliability ranged in from 0.47-1.0 of the 13 tests, 2 demonstrated perfect reliability (k = 1.0), 4 excellent (k 0.81-0.99), 6 substantial (k 0.61-0.8) and 1 good (k 0.41-0.6). Conclusions The physiotherapists were able reliably rate the majority the tests in this series of motor control tasks. There have been studies performed describing the assessment and treatment of movement control impairment problems and low back pain. However, no study has involved the assessment of the cervical dysfunction subgroup. This study presents a reliable test battery, for clinical use, to perform more specific examination of this subgroup.
Departement: Gesundheit
Organisational Unit: Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1186/1471-2474-15-402
10.21256/zhaw-1932
ISSN: 1471-2474
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/4850
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