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Volume 49 Number 6, 2012
   Pages 855 — 866

Abstract — Relationship between hand function and grip force control in women with hand osteoarthritis

Paula Martins Nunes, PT;1 Diana Guimarães de Oliveira, PT;1 Alexander S. Aruin, PhD;2 Marcio José dos Santos, PT, MS, PhD1*
1Department of Physical Therapy, University of the State of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil; 2Department of Physical Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Abstract — Hand osteoarthritis (OA) usually results in decreased strength and function of the hand and deficits in motor control. However, no data exists on the relationship among these symptomatological features of hand OA. Ten females with hand OA and ten matched, nondisabled control subjects participated in this study. The outcomes of the Moberg Pickup Test (MPUT) and other functional hand tests were correlated with the measures of grip force control obtained during the performance of a functional task of lifting and transporting a handheld object. Strong correlations existed between the MPUT and parameters of grip force control, such as latency (r = 0.85) and force at the moment of liftoff (r = 0.72), seen in these patients. The established strong correlation between the MPUT and parameters of grip force control might help researchers and clinicians better understand how deficits in controlling grip forces affect hand function in patients with hand OA.

Key words: clinical assessment, control, disability, function, functional test, grip force, hand, joint, osteoarthritis, outcomes, rehabilitation.

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Nunes PM, de Oliveira DG, Aruin AS, dos Santos MJ. Relationship between hand function and grip force control in women with hand osteoarthritis. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012;49(6):855–66.

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