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Table 3 Physiotherapeutic evaluation methods in rank order and the sensitivity of each method

From: Ranking of physiotherapeutic evaluation methods as outcome measures of stifle functionality in dogs

Ranking order Test Orthopaedic examination Conclusive assessment Stifle radiographs Stifle/hip radiographs PVF IMP
1 8. Evaluation of atrophy 1 1 1 3 6 6
   80.50% 81.60% 82.10% 82.10% 80.00% 87.50%
2 3. Sitting positon 2 2 2 2 2 2
   70.00% 67.60% 68.40% 68.40% 68.40% 56.30%
3. 10. qmSWB 6 6 8 7 2 1
   39.00% 38.50% 40.00% 40.00% 40.00% 50.00%
4 11. Stifle flexion 8 7 4 4 4 8
   43.90% 43.60% 42.50% 42.50% 50.00% 43.80%
5 5. Lying position 3 3 6 6 11 10
   47.50% 51.40% 47.40% 47.40% 47.40% 43.80%
6 4. Thrust from sitting 5 5 5 5 10 9
   65.00% 64.90% 68.40% 68.40% 63.20% 62.50%
7 12. Stifle extension 4 8 3 2 13 14
   63.40% 64.10% 62.50% 62.50% 65.00% 68.80%
8 9. meSWB 9 10 10 10 3 3
   65.80% 65.70% 66.70% 66.70% 64.70% 85.70%
9 6. Thrust from lying 7 4 7 8 9 13
   62.50% 62.20% 60.50% 60.50% 57.90% 62.50%
10 7. Stairs 12 11 13 12 7 5
   41.70% 41.70% 41.70% 41.70% 52.60% 50.00%
11 2. Diagonal movement 11 12 12 13 5 4
   30.20% 27.50% 29.30% 29.30% 15.00% 23.50%
13 14. Tarsus extension 14 14 11 11 7 5
   36.60% 35.90% 35.00% 35.00% 40.00% 37.50%
12 13. Tarsus flexion 10 9 9 9 14 12
   43.90% 43.60% 42.50% 42.50% 50.00% 43.80%
14 1. Visual evaluation of lameness 13 13 14 14 8 7
   50.00% 48.70% 51.30% 51.30% 52.60% 56.30%
  1. Rank order is presented in the left column, and the ranking of compared methods is specified for each test in the top row of each ranked test. Sensitivities are presented as percentages; sensitivities did not affect rank order. Abbreviations: manual evaluation of static weight bearing (meSWB), quantitative measurement of static weight bearing (qmSWB), peak vertical force (PVF), and vertical impulse (IMP). The physiotherapeutic evaluation methods are numbered as in Table 1.