Hand strength of seven patients was evaluated prospectively. A range-of-motion exercise program, compression therapy, and splinting schedules were provided. Fine prehension; lateral, tip-to-tip, and tripod pinch were measured by pinch meter. Grip strength was measured by dynamometer. Comparisons were made between test strengths and published norms for age and sex with analysis of variance. Significance was accepted at p < 0.05. At discharge, all four strength measurements were significantly less than normal for age and sex. Grip and tripod strengths were improved by 6 weeks. All measurements were improved at 6 months after discharge, although grip and lateral pinch remained significantly less than norms. In conclusion, the measurements of tip-to-tip and tripod pinch at 6 months may not signify limitations in performance of activities of daily living. In spite of significantly lower than normal grip and lateral strength measurements at 6 months, it cannot be determined whether this hinders performance of daily living skills.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine
- Health Professions(all)