Measuring Muscle Stiffness

Measuring Muscle Stiffness

OBJECTIVE

  • The correlation between muscle stiffness and musculoskeletal pain is still unclear.
  • This can be investigated by using ultrasound shear wave elastography.
  • Ultrasound shear wave elastography is a non-invasive in-vivo technique for measurements of tissue stiffness of superficial and deep muscles.
  • The interpretation of elastograms can further improve the evidence-based therapy of myofascial pain.

AIM OF THE PROJECT

Analysis of the correlation of local electrical muscle excitation and local tissue stiffness.

TASKS

-> Data preparation

-> Analysis by using various statistical methods (Spearman correlation, uni- and multi-variate mixed-effect models)

-> Development of supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithm.

PARTNERS

Furtwangen University – Profs. Dieterich, Skerl, Kohl

University of Stuttgart РInstitute for Modelling and Simulation of Biomechanical Systems (Prof. Röhrle, Dr. Gizzi)

FUNDING