Electromyographic and neuromuscular analysis in patients with post-polio syndrome

Electromyogr Clin Neurophysiol. 2008 Nov-Dec;48(8):329-33.

Abstract

Proceed to a comparative analysis of the electromyographic (EMG) activity of the muscles rectus femoris, vastus medialis and vastus lateralis, and to assess muscle strength and fatigue after maximal isometric contraction during knee extension. Eighteen patients with post-polio syndrome, age and weight matched, were utilized in this study. The signal acquisition system utilized consisted of three pairs of surface electrodes positioned on the motor point of the analyzed muscles. It was possible to observe with the results of this study a decreased endurance on initial muscle contraction and during contraction after 15 minutes of the initial maximal voluntary contraction, along with a muscle fatigue that was assessed through linear regression executed with Pearson's test. There were significant differences among the comparative analysis of EMG activity of the muscles rectus femoris, vastus medialis and vastus lateralis after maximal isometric contraction during knee extension. Initial muscle contraction and contraction after a 15 minute-rest from initial contraction decreased considerably, indicating a decreased endurance on muscle contraction, concluding that a lower limb muscle fatigue was present on the analyzed PPS patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Electromyography*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Isometric Contraction / physiology
  • Knee Joint / physiology
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Muscle Fatigue / physiology*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / innervation
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Physical Endurance / physiology
  • Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome / physiopathology*
  • Torque