The majority of musculoskeletal (MSD) impairments in the cervical (neck) region cannot be determined through MRIs or radiographs but are instead diagnosed through a clinical assessment technique using palpation. Palpatory diagnostic techniques are based on range of motion (ROM), tissue textures, quality of motion (smooth, elastic or bone on bone) and symmetry . However, because scientifically accepted objective measures are not yet available to complement a clinical diagnosis, the documentation of the impairment as well as effects of treatment can be challenging. Thus, the purpose of this research was to explore the use of three-dimensional kinematics as a potential tool for relating movement patterns of the head/neck to clinical diagnosis and documenting treatment effects.
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Objective Measures Relating Cervical Dysfunction to Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Effects
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Rutledge, B, Vorro, J, DeStefano, L, Francisco, T, Gorbis, S, & Bush, TR. "Objective Measures Relating Cervical Dysfunction to Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Effects." Proceedings of the ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference. ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B. Naples, Florida, USA. June 16–19, 2010. pp. 791-792. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2010-19612
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