Assessment apparatus and method

O'Leary, Shaun Patrick, Jull, Gwendolen, Anne, Vicenzino, Guglielmo, Tarcisio and Greaves, Matthew, Campbell (2005). Assessment apparatus and method. PCT/AU2004/001279.

Creator O'Leary, Shaun Patrick
Jull, Gwendolen, Anne
Vicenzino, Guglielmo, Tarcisio
Greaves, Matthew, Campbell
Patent title Assessment apparatus and method
Date of issue 2005-03-31
Year available 2005
Patent owner The University of Queensland
Patent number PCT/AU2004/001279
Language eng
Subjects 110317 Physiotherapy
Abstract/Summary A method and apparatus are described for assessing function of the cranio-cervical muscles. The method includes assessment of torque produced during flexion/extension, axial rotation, lateral rotation or combination thereof. The apparatus (110) has a lever arm (130) mounted to a support frame (120), wherein the length of the arm and its angle of extension may be varied. Torque is assessed at an anatomical axis of rotation in a subject. The apparatus axis of rotation may be adjustable. A preferred embodiment has a pivoted support frame for positioning over a subject's head, wherein the support frame (120) may form a lever arm for rotation. The apparatus may be removably mountable to an upright such as a door jamb.
Additional Notes Pub. No.: WO/2005/028034 International Filing Date: 20.09.2004

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