Wireless orientation sensors: Their suitability to measure head movement for neck pain assessment

Jasiewicz, Jan M., Treleaven, Julia, Condie, Peter, & Jull, Gwendolen (2007) Wireless orientation sensors: Their suitability to measure head movement for neck pain assessment. Manual Therapy, 12(4), pp. 380-385.

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The purpose of this study was to verify the performance and suitability of new generation 3D wireless orientations sensors to measure cervical range of movement against a criterion standard instrument, an electromagnetic motion analysis system (Fastrak-Polhemus). The wireless orientation sensor (InertiaCube 3) consists of 9 motion-sensing elements: 3 accelerometers, 3 angular velocity rate transducers and 3 magnetometers. Measurements of cervical range of motion in each primary plane, left-lateral flexion, flexion and left rotation were directly compared from both systems in 10 normal asymptomatic subjects. Results showed very high cross-correlations (.99–.97) and low average root mean square errors (0.7–2.5°). We conclude that orientation sensors are a valid, accurate and suitable device for obtaining cervical joint ranges of motion in the primary plane of movement.

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ID Code: 8681
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Head movement, Inertial sensors, Neck pain, Whiplash
DOI: 10.1016/j.math.2006.07.005
ISSN: 1356-689X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Biomechanics (110601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300) > Rehabilitation Engineering (090305)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Elsevier
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 15:02

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