mDurance: A Novel Mobile Health System to Support Trunk Endurance Assessment
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AutorBaños Legrán, Oresti; Moral-Muñoz, José Antonio; Díaz-Reyes, Ignacio; Arroyo Morales, Manuel; Damas Hermoso, Miguel; Herrera-Viedma, E.; Seon Hong, Choong; Lee, Sungyong; Pomares Cintas, Héctor; Rojas Ruiz, Ignacio; Villalonga, Claudia
Mobile healthDigital healthPhysucal conditioningPhysical therapyRehabilitationTrunk enduranceWearable inertial sensorWearable electromyography sensorMobile devices
Baños Legrán, O. et al. mDurance: A Novel Mobile Health System to Support Trunk Endurance Assessment. Sensors, 15: 13159-13183 (2015). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/45009]
Low back pain is the most prevalent musculoskeletal condition. This disorder constitutes one of the most common causes of disability worldwide, and as a result, it has a severe socioeconomic impact. Endurance tests are normally considered in low back pain rehabilitation practice to assess the muscle status. However, traditional procedures to evaluate these tests suffer from practical limitations, which potentially lead to inaccurate diagnoses. The use of digital technologies is considered here to facilitate the task of the expert and to increase the reliability and interpretability of the endurance tests. This work presents mDurance, a novel mobile health system aimed at supporting specialists in the functional assessment of trunk endurance by using wearable and mobile devices. The system employs a wearable inertial sensor to track the patient trunk posture, while portable electromyography sensors are used to seamlessly measure the electrical activity produced by the trunk muscles. The information registered by the sensors is processed and managed by a mobile application that facilitates the expert’s normal routine, while reducing the impact of human errors and expediting the analysis of the test results. In order to show the potential of the mDurance system, a case study has been conducted. The results of this study prove the reliability of mDurance and further demonstrate that practitioners are certainly interested in the regular use of a system of this nature.