Reliability of Volumetry and Perimetry to Assess Knee Volume Academic Article uri icon


  • Context: The treatment of edema after a knee injury is usually 1 of the main objectives during rehabilitation. To assess the success of treatment, 2 methods are commonly used in clinical practice: volumetry and perimetry. Objective: To investigate the intra- and interassessor reliability of volumetry and perimetry to assess knee volume. Design: Cross-sectional. Setting: Laboratory. Participants: 45 health participants (26 women) with mean age of 22.4 ± 2.8 y. Main Outcome Measures: Knee volume was assessed by 3 assessors (A, B, and C) with 3 methods (lower-limb volumetry [LLV], knee volumetry [KV], and knee perimetry [KP]). Assessor A was the most-experienced assessor, and assessor C, the least experienced. LLV and KV were performed with participants in the orthostatic position, while KP was performed with participants in supine. Results: For the interassessor analysis, the ICC2,1 was high (.82) for KV and very high for LLV (.99) and KP (.99). For the intra-assessor analysis, ICC2,1 ranged from moderate to high for KV (.69-.83) and was very high for LLV (.99) and KP (.97-.99). Conclusion: KV, LLV, and KP are reliable methods, both intra- and interassessor, to measure knee volume.


publication date

  • 2016