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  • The use of EMGs assessing the Efficacy of Rehabilitation

    In rehabilitation assessments electromyography procedures (commonly
    known as EMGs) seem to be mainly used for diagnosis (usually to
    determine if a person has nerve or muscle damage due to a workplace

    A few years ago there was some research that suggested that a surface
    electromyogram for back muscle endurance is also useful for assessing
    the efficacy of patient rehabilitation (Koumantakis et al, 2001).

    Is the use of EMGs for assessing the status of rehabilitation patient
    becoming commonplace these days or do patient assessments still rely on
    more traditional criteria?


    David McFarlane
    Ergonomist, WorkCover Authority
    New South Wales, Australia


    G. Koumantakis, F. Arnall, R. Cooper, J. Oldham, (2001), "Paraspinal
    muscle EMG fatigue testing with two methods in healthy volunteers.
    Reliability in the context of clinical applications", Clin Biomech
    (Bristol, Avon). 2001 Mar;16 (3):263-6.
    The abstract is on the web at;

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