Cervical and axioscapular muscle stiffness measured with shear wave elastography: A comparison between different levels of work-related neck disability

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Xie, Yanfei, Thomas, Lucy, Johnston, Venerina and Coombes, Brooke K.. 2023. "Cervical and axioscapular muscle stiffness measured with shear wave elastography: A comparison between different levels of work-related neck disability." Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2023.102754
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Cervical and axioscapular muscle stiffness measured with shear wave elastography: A comparison between different levels of work-related neck disability

ERA Journal ID15316
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsXie, Yanfei, Thomas, Lucy, Johnston, Venerina and Coombes, Brooke K.
Journal TitleJournal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Journal Citation69
Article Number102754
Number of Pages7
Year2023
ISSN1050-6411
1873-5711
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2023.102754
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1050641123000135
AbstractAssessing muscle mechanical properties in terms of stiffness may provide important insights into mechanisms underlying work-related neck pain. This study compared stiffness of cervical and axioscapular muscles between 92 participants (sonographers) with no (n = 31), mild (n = 43) or moderate/severe (n = 18) neck disability. It was hypothesized that participants with more severe neck pain and disability would present with altered distribution of stiffness in cervical and axioscapular muscles than those with no disability. Using shear wave elastography, the shear modulus (kPa) of five cervical and six axioscapular muscles or muscle segments were measured in a relaxed seated upright or side-lying position. Muscle activity was measured simultaneously using surface electromyography during the elastography measurements and scapular depression was measured using a measurement tape and inclinometer before the elastography measurements to evaluate their potential confounding influences on shear modulus. Increased shear modulus was found in deeper than superficial cervical muscles and more cranial than caudal axioscapular muscles. However, no differences in shear modulus of the cervical or axioscapular muscles were found between sonographers with varying levels of disability. This study suggests no alterations in stiffness of cervical and axioscapular muscles were associated with work-related neck pain and disability. © 2023 Elsevier Ltd
KeywordsNeck and shoulder muscles; Neck pain ; Young’s modulus ; Ultrasonography
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420106. Physiotherapy
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