Analysis of the relationship between electrodermal activity and heart rate with pain in individuals with a shoulder pathology

Miranda Oliveira, Carla Quintão, Ricardo Vigário, B. Mendes, C. Caldeira, F. Rodrigues, Cláudia Quaresma

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Abstract

Currently, pain analysis in a clinical environment is not common and is at fault for being subjective and always dependent on a personal response. Therefore, it is imperative to use physiological signals to quantify pain and make diagnosis more objective. This article aims to study the relationship between pain, through its analog scale, with the electrodermal and cardiac signals of individuals characterized by having a shoulder pathology that gives rise to recurrent pain. This study was carried out on 21 patients from Hospital Curry Cabral, who were part of the Occupational Therapy department’s care in the area of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and 18 individuals without any pathology, thus serving as a control group. All participants followed an experimental protocol consisting in the measurement of electrodermal and cardiac signals and pain level when performing two different movements. The results suggest that there is indeed a relationship between the two measured signals and pain. The greater the pain experienced by the individual, the greater the amplitude of the electrodermic signal and heart rate appears to be.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - Volume 1: BIODEVICES
EditorsYe Xuesong, Ana Fred, Hugo Gamboa
PublisherSciTePress
Pages110-117
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789897583988
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event13th International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, BIODEVICES 2020 - Part of 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2020 - Valletta, Malta
Duration: 24 Feb 202026 Feb 2020

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, BIODEVICES 2020 - Part of 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2020
CountryMalta
CityValletta
Period24/02/2026/02/20

Keywords

  • Electrodermic Signal
  • Heart Rate
  • Pain
  • Shoulder
  • Signal Processing

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