Analytical decomposition can help to interpret ankle joint moment-angle relationship
2012 (English)In: Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology, ISSN 1050-6411, E-ISSN 1873-5711, Vol. 22, no 4, 566-574 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Moment-angle relationship (dynamic joint stiffness) - the relationship between changes in joint moment and changes in joint angle - is useful for demonstrating interaction of kinematics and kinetics during gait. However, the individual contributors of dynamic joint stiffness are not well studied and understood, which has thus far limited its clinical application. In this study, ankle dynamic joint stiffness was analyzed and decomposed into three components in thirty able-bodied children during the stance phase of the gait. To verify the accuracy of the decomposition, the sum of decomposed components was compared to stiffness computed from experimental data, and good to very good agreement was found. Component 1, the term associated with changes in ground reaction force moment, was the dominant contribution to ankle dynamic joint stiffness. Retrospective data from eight children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and idiopathic toe-walking was examined to explore the potential utility of analytical decomposition in pathological gait. Compared to controls, component 1 was the source of highest deviation in both pathological groups. Specifically, ankle dynamic joint stiffness differences can be further identified via two sub-components of component 1 which are based on magnitudes and rates of change of the ground reaction force and of its moment arm, and differences between the two patient groups and controls were most evident and interpretable here. Findings of the current study indicate that analytical decomposition can help identify the individual contributors to joint stiffness and clarify the sources of differences in patient groups.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 22, no 4, 566-574 p.
Gait analysis, Idiopathic toe walking, Inverse dynamics, Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Stiffness
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-94866DOI: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2012.04.005ISI: 000306377900010PubMedID: 22572108ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84863883709OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-94866DiVA: diva2:526272
QC 201208072012-05-112012-05-112012-08-13Bibliographically approved