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Title: Which test is best? Strength testing neurological rehabilitation.
Authors: Sutherland, Edwina
Kahn, Michelle
Williams, Gavin
Keywords: Strength Testing
Neurological Rehabilitation
Muscle Weakness
Leg Muscle Strength
Functional Ambulation Classification
FAC
Manual Muscle Testing Knee Extensors
MMT
Hand-Held Dynamometry Knee Extensors
HHD
1 Repetition Maximum Leg Press
Load Cell Test Leg Press
Functional Sit to Stand Test
STS
LC
1RM
Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Chronic Pain Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Oct-2020
Conference Name: Epworth HealthCare Research Month 2020
Conference Location: Epworth Research Institute, Victoria, Australia
Abstract: Muscle weakness is the primary impairment affecting people with neurological conditions. Despite its significance to both clinicians and patients, the gold standard measure is largely restricted to laboratory settings for research purposes. Therefore, measuring muscle strength in a clinical setting is a common challenge. Our current tests often lack specificity, they are not clinically feasible nor responsive to important changes in function. While our findings show the LC leg press test to be the most appropriate test for this cohort, it is clear that a perfect clinical measure of lower limb muscle strength does not exist. Clinicians must balance the clinical utility of MMT and field testing (STS), alongside the more psychometrically sound LC test and HHD and continue to bridge the gap between current gold-standard measurements and practical clinical options.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11434/1889
Type: Conference Poster
Affiliated Organisations: University of Melbourne
University of the Sunshine Coast
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