Muscle oxygenation and glycolysis in females with trapezius myalgia during stress and repetitive work using microdialysis and NIRS. Eur J Appl Physiol

Institute of Sport Sciences and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230, Odense M, Denmark.
Arbeitsphysiologie (Impact Factor: 2.3). 11/2009; 108(4):657-69. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-009-1268-2
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ABSTRACT The aim of this investigation was to study female workers active in the labour market for differences between those with trapezius myalgia (MYA) and without (CON) during repetitive pegboard (PEG) and stress (STR) tasks regarding (1) relative muscle load, (2) trapezius muscle blood flow, (3) metabolite accumulation, (4) oxygenation, and (5) pain development. Among 812 female employees (age 30-60 years) at 7 companies with high prevalence of neck/shoulder complaints, clinical examination identified 43 MYA and 19 CON. At rest, during PEG, and STR the trapezius muscle was measured using (1) EMG and MMG, (2) microdialysis, and (3) NIRS. Further, subjective pain ratings were scored (VAS). EMGrms in %MVE (Maximal Voluntary EMG-activity), was significantly higher among MYA than CON during PEG (11.74 +/- 9.09 vs. 7.42 +/- 5.56%MVE) and STR (5.47 +/- 5.00 vs. 3.28 +/- 1.94%MVE). MANOVA showed a group and time effect regarding data from the microdialysis: for MYA versus CON group differences demonstrated lower muscle blood flow and higher lactate and pyruvate concentrations. Potassium and glucose only showed time effects. NIRS showed similar initial decreases in oxygenation with PEG in both groups, but only in CON a significant increase back to baseline during PEG. VAS score at rest was highest among MYA and increased during PEG, but not for CON. The results showed significant differences between CON and MYA regarding muscle metabolism at rest and with PEG and STR. Higher relative muscle load during PEG and STR, insufficient muscle blood flow and oxygenation may account for the higher lactate, pyruvate and pain responses among MYA versus CON.

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    • "The design of the experimental task was based on previous laboratory studies (Sundelin 1993; Henning et al. 1997; Sjörs et al. 2009; Sjøgaard et al. 2010), which simulated low-intensity assembly work using a Pegboard (Purdue Pegboard Model 32020; Lafayette Instrument Company, Lafayette, IN, USA; Figure 1). We applied two types of task variation in a work-rest ratio of 55:5 min. "
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    Ergonomics 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/00140139.2015.1043356 · 1.61 Impact Factor
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    • "The study design, recruitment of participants, randomization of 48 women, and main results have been described in detail previously [14] [28]. In the present case-control study, 42 women with trapezius myalgia (MYA, mean ± SD: 44 ± 8 yrs, 165 ± 6 cm, 72 ± 15 kg, and days with neck pain during previous year 219 ± 19 days) and 20 women comparable with regard to job-type, age, weight, and height but without neck muscle complications (CON, mean ± SD: 45 ± 9 yrs, 167 ± 6 cm, 70 ± 11 kg, and days with neck pain during previous year 5 ± 6 days) participated. "
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    02/2014; 2014:187324. DOI:10.1155/2014/187324
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    • "Exclusion criteria for both groups were as follows: history of severe shoulder–neck pathology/trauma, orthopaedic surgery, documented life-threatening diseases, cardiovascular diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, generalized pain, adverse psycho-social conditions or pregnancy, and positive clinical tests for cervical radiculopathy (i.e., Spurling A test, Neck Distraction test, Involved Cervical Rotation test (less than 60°) (Wainner et al., 2003). The inclusion and exclusion criteria were identified by a detailed interview and a self-reported questionnaire, validated in previous studies (Andersen et al., 2008; Sandsjo et al., 2006; Sjogaard et al., 2010), as well as a clinical examination of the upper limb and neck performed by a physiotherapist. A total of 69 subjects volunteered to participate. "
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