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MATLAB Analysis of SP Test Results - An Unusual Parasympathetic Nervous System Activity in Low Back Leg Pain: A Case Report


[ 1 ] Instytut Mechaniki Stosowanej, Wydział Inżynierii Mechanicznej, Politechnika Poznańska | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[2.9] Mechanical engineering

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Applied Sciences

Journal year: 2022 | Journal volume: vol. 12 | Journal number: iss. 4

Article type

scientific article

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  • referred pain
  • muscle pain
  • autonomic nervous system
  • diagnostic
  • central sensitization

EN The Skorupska Protocol (SP) test is a new validated tool used to confirm nociplastic pain related to muscles based on a pathological autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity due to muscle nociceptive noxious stimulation analyzed automatically. Two types of amplified vasomotor response are defined as possible: vasodilatation and vasoconstriction. Until now, amplified vasodilatation among low back leg pain and/or sciatica subjects in response to the SP test was confirmed. This case report presents an unusual vasomotor response to the SP test within the pain zone of a sciatica-like case. Conducted twice, the SP test confirmed amplified vasoconstriction within the daily complaint due to noxiously stimulated muscle-referred pain for the first time. Additionally, a new type of the SP test analysis using MATLAB was presented. The SP test supported by MATLAB seems to be an interesting solution to confirm nociplastic pain related to muscles based on the pathological autonomic reactivity within the lower leg back pain zone. Further studies using the SP test supported by MATLAB are necessary to compare the SP test results with the clinical state and other types of nociplastic pain examination.

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1970-1 - 1970-10





Article Number: 1970

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