Rehabilitative ultrasound imaging of the Supraspinatus
Physical therapists (PTs) employ Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging (RUSI) as a procedure to evaluate muscle and related soft tissue morphology and function while subjects exercise and perform physical tasks. It is also used to assist in the application of therapeutic interventions designed to improve neuromuscular function. Indeed, PTs use this technology to provide biofeedback during treatment or to evaluate muscle architecture(morphology).
The aim of this study was to investigate the intra- and interrater reliability of RUSI and to measure supraspinatus thickness and cross sectional area (CSA).
The authors proposed a measuring protocol which measured a supraspinatus muscle thickness of averagely 11,8 mm and a supraspinatus muscle CSA of averagely 6 mm2. The intrarater reliability was high both for thickness and CSA. The interrater reliability was high for thickness, but moderate for CSA. This knowledge can be used in physiotherapy clinical practice, especially to assess morphometric changes in skeletal muscles.
> From: Schneebeli et al., J Bodyw Mov Ther 18 (2015) 266-272. All rights reserved to Elsevier Ltd.. Click here for the Pubmed summary.