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2022 Sep 07

Sci Rep



People with chronic low back pain display spatial alterations in high-density surface EMG-torque oscillations.


Arvanitidis M, Jiménez-Grande D, Haouidji-Javaux N, Falla D, Martinez-Valdes E
Sci Rep. 2022 Sep 07; 12(1):15178.
PMID: 36071134.


We quantified the relationship between spatial oscillations in surface electromyographic (sEMG) activity and trunk-extension torque in individuals with and without chronic low back pain (CLBP), during two submaximal isometric lumbar extension tasks at 20% and 50% of their maximal voluntary torque. High-density sEMG (HDsEMG) signals were recorded from the lumbar erector spinae (ES) with a 64-electrode grid, and torque signals were recorded with an isokinetic dynamometer. Coherence and cross-correlation analyses were applied between the filtered interference HDsEMG and torque signals for each submaximal contraction. Principal component analysis was used to reduce dimensionality of HDsEMG data and improve the HDsEMG-based torque estimation. sEMG-torque coherence was quantified in the δ(0-5 Hz) frequency bandwidth. Regional differences in sEMG-torque coherence were also evaluated by creating topographical coherence maps. sEMG-torque coherence in the δ band and sEMG-torque cross-correlation increased with the increase in torque in the controls but not in the CLBP group (p = 0.018, p = 0.030 respectively). As torque increased, the CLBP group increased sEMG-torque coherence in more cranial ES regions, while the opposite was observed for the controls (p = 0.043). Individuals with CLBP show reductions in sEMG-torque relationships possibly due to the use of compensatory strategies and regional adjustments of ES-sEMG oscillatory activity.