Upper Extremity Strength Measurement in Children with Cerebral Palsy
[Source: Physical Therapy via Your Therapy Source]
Physical Therapy published a systemic review of available instruments to measure upper extremity strength in children with cerebral palsy. The researchers identified 6 different measurement instruments. Two test-retest reliability studies were rated as “fair” for the level of evidence. All other studies were rated as “unknown” for the level of evidence.
The researchers concluded the following:
- for measuring grip strength the Jamar® dynamometer is recommended
- to measure other muscle groups HHD dynamometry is recommended
- manual muscle testing (MMT) can be used in case of limited (below MMT grade 4) wrist strength or for total upper limb muscle strength.
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