Strength testing using hand-held dynamometry
Authors: Kolber, Morey J.; Cleland, Joshua A.
Source: Physical Therapy Reviews, Volume 10, Number 2, June 2005 , pp. 99-112(14)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The reliability of strength measurements obtained during clinical examination has been the subject of many investigations. The need for an accurate, quantitative method to determine strength in multiple settings and environments is important for both examination and treatment. The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the existing literature investigating the reliability and concurrent validity of hand-held dynamometry. A thorough review of the literature revealed that held dynamometry is a suitable alternative to traditional manual muscle testing as it exhibits good-to-excellent reliability, provides objective ratio data, and has the portability to be used in multiple environments. Hand-held dynamometry is a reliable method to determine the strength status and change status provided testing protocols are consistent.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2005-06-01