ALGOMETER FOR ASSESSING PRESSURE PAIN THRESHOLDS

  • Susana C. Domenech
  • Noé G. Borges Jr.
  • Daniela J. S. Mattos
  • Andrea F. Motta
  • Lucas Borges
  • Luana Bendo
  • Valdir Soldi
  • Valtencir Zucolotto
  • Luiz H. C. Mattoso
Keywords: biomechanics, instrumentation, algometry, pressure pain threshold

Abstract

Muscular and joint injuries and localized pain can be occasioned during sports practice. Although the reliability of palpation techniques (to evaluate muscle and joint tenderness) has improved and algometers have been developed1, they do not simulate the palpation technique and real time measurements are not possible. A new pressure algometer to determine pressure pain thresholds in real time has been developed, to be used in diagnosis and injury treatment evaluation of athletes.
Published
2007-12-12
Section
Equipment / Instrumentation