(2014) Intraexaminer and interexaminer reliability of manual palpation and pressure algometry
of the lower limb nerves in asymptomatic subjects.
In the algometry
examination, the masticatory and cervical muscles (masseter, temporal, sternocleidomastoid 'SCM' and trapezius, bilaterally) were examined in addition to the lateral pole of the mandible (joint point of TMJ), using AMERICAN SLEEP DISORDERS ASSOCIATION criteria.
. To get an estimate of the participants general pain sensitivity , pressure pain thresholds (PPTs) were recorded with an electronic algometer (Somedic Sales AB, Hoor, Sweden).
allows optimal standardization of QST, as it gives reliable and precise quantification of the administered stimulus and the subsequent threshold.
The minimally clinically important difference (MCID) of pressure algometry
in myofascial tissues has not been established.
In relation to algometry
, a significant difference was observed in the laser therapy group between the three times of intervention (pre, post, and 48 hrs).
The influence of skin sensitivity in pressure algometry
. Scand J Rehabil Med 1999;31:89-93.
Subjective pain severity was evaluated by VAS, the pain threshold by algometry
, and neck range of motion by goniometry in the Hong study.
provides a reliable and valid measure of PPTs .
has been recommended for clinical practice on the basis of good repeatability when expressed by intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) results.
for Quantification of Diagnosis and Treatment Outcome.
It is possible that there are properties of the quadriceps muscle that may limit the magnitude of change in pain tolerance (less sensitivity) measured through repetitive pressure algometry
. Similar to ROM, the changes in PPT may be attributed to a testing effect associated with repeated use and measurement.