A speckle tracking application of ultrasound to evaluate activity of multilayered cervical muscles

van der Werff, Ross, O'Leary, Shaun, Jull, Gwendolen, Peolsson, Michael, Trygg, Johan and Peolsson, Anneli (2014) A speckle tracking application of ultrasound to evaluate activity of multilayered cervical muscles. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 46 7: 662-667. doi:10.2340/16501977-1822

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Author van der Werff, Ross
O'Leary, Shaun
Jull, Gwendolen
Peolsson, Michael
Trygg, Johan
Peolsson, Anneli
Title A speckle tracking application of ultrasound to evaluate activity of multilayered cervical muscles
Journal name Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1650-1977
Publication date 2014-07-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2340/16501977-1822
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 46
Issue 7
Start page 662
End page 667
Total pages 6
Place of publication Uppsala, Sweden
Publisher Foundation for Rehabilitation Information
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To evaluate the capacity of the ultrasound-based method of speckle tracking analysis to detect changes in multilayered dorsal neck muscle activity induced by performing a lifting task.

Subjects: Twenty-one healthy individuals.

Design: Participants performed a loaded lifting task in 3 different postural orientations of the neck (neutral, flexed and forward head posture). Ultrasound images were recorded and speckle tracking analysis was used to quantify muscle deformation and deformation rate over 3 equal time-periods during the lifting sequence (rest, mid-lift and end-lift).

Results: Significant main effects of postural orientation for the deformation measure (p < 0.05) and time for the deformation rate measure (p < 0.05) were observed in all dorsal muscles examined. Significant time by postural interactions for the deformation measure were observed in the trapezius, semispinalis cervicis and multifidus (p < 0.05) and in the semispinalis cervicis (p < 0.05) for the deformation rate measure.
Conclusion: Speckle tracking analysis ultrasound measurements can detect differences in multilayered muscle activity of the dorsal neck induced by postural variations during a lifting task. Findings for the deformation and the deformation rate measures suggest that they quantify a different, albeit related, mechanical event during muscle contraction in a functional task such as lifting.
Keyword Ultrasound
Muscle deformation
Cervical muscles
Speckle tracking
Neck posture
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