During exercise, changes in the joints are revealed

For almost two years, professional athletes and ballet dancers have been testing the new Hungarian method, which can be used to filter out musculoskeletal complaints much more accurately in the future. An improved version of the artificial intelligence-based program, originally designed for computer games, also includes a 3D camera. They can finally be used to detect when someone is loading their joints in the wrong range of motion.

Movement analysis has existed so far, especially among runners to check how they load their legs during sports activity. In addition, there are several movement laboratories in Hungary, but these typically operate in research laboratories, because complex equipment is needed for diagnostics that is not available to an average clinic. In most cases, however, in order to make an accurate diagnosis, it would be essential for the specialist not to examine the patient in a supine or sitting position, but to obtain information about the pattern of movement in which he or she is loading his or her joints.

“If a patient is in persistent pain and visits a specialist, the first thing to do is to find out the cause. In many cases, we find pain in young people due to incorrect movement and instability, which can be treated for a long time, but it would be much more important to recognize and treat the cause. Most of the musculoskeletal complaints are caused by a bad movement pattern, ie incorrectly or unilaterally loaded joints and muscles of different strength may be in the background. ” – said Prof. Dr. Lacza Zsombor PhD, a Budapest Private Office of the Locomotor System orthopedic traumatologist.

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To make an accurate diagnosis, it is necessary to see how the foot, ankle, knee behave during movement, and the muscles in one or the other limb, for example, are stronger, because they can all affect the proper functioning of the carcasses. Improper loading in the extended and bent position while the patient is sitting or standing is not revealed. The method developed by Prof. Dr. Lacza Zsombor and his team is based on an improved version of a special software originally designed for computer games – based on artificial intelligence – and a 3D camera to check that the patient stays on the axis while squatting, kneeling or walking. , or bypass one of its joints. Poor range of motion can also be inferred from instability of the ankle, hip and knee. It worsens the situation if the patient is overweight because in this case it puts even more strain on his limb.

“The greatest strain hits the knee, so the pain can not only lead to loss of movement, narrowing, but in many cases the cartilage softens, the meniscus ruptures and the cruciate ligament ruptures. For example, if the muscle in one of the limbs is stronger, the whole body will move better in that direction, which may sooner or later cause a narrowing of movement on the opposite side. ” Added sports researcher Dr. Míra Ambrus.

Complex motion analysis is made possible by advanced technology, the digital revolution in healthcare, as the work of doctors is aided by algorithms and accurate camera shots. In the future, musculoskeletal complaints will also be much more personalized. Therapy will continue to be the usual physiotherapy and, in rare cases, surgery. According to an orthopedic traumatologist, with proper treatment, poor forms of movement can be corrected and it is not legal for musculoskeletal complaints to appear with advancing age.

The two Hungarian experts tested the method for almost two years with the help of professional athletes, mainly basketball players, runners, handball players and dancers, but it works not only for athletes. It can be especially useful for those who ski, for example, because this sporting activity puts a heavy strain on the knee joint. Bone problems are not easy to remedy and rehabilitation is sometimes lengthy, but the movement pattern can be improved, so if inappropriate forms of movement are identified in time, surgery can be avoided. The complex movement analysis should be performed primarily from adolescence to about 60 years of age, because musculoskeletal changes can still be reversed during this period.

Source: Patika Magazin Online by www.patikamagazin.hu.

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