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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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