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Muscle strength in patients with chronic pain

van Wilgen, C. P., Akkerman, L., Wieringa, J. & Dijkstra, P. U., Dec-2003, In : Clinical Rehabilitation. 17, 8, p. 885-889 5 p.

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Objective: To analyse the influence of chronic pain on muscle strength.

Design: Muscle strength of patients with unilateral nonspecific chronic pain, in an upper or lower limb, were measured according to a standardized protocol using a hand-held dynamometer. Before and after muscle strength measurement, a visual analogue scale for pain intensity was assessed.

Results: Forty patients were measured and the muscle strength of the painful side was 20-30% less than that of the nonpainful side. Strength reduction was seen in the whole limb. A significant correlation between pain intensity and reduced muscle strength in the painful limb existed for hip flexion, knee flexion, knee extension and three-point grip.

Conclusions: A strength reduction of 20-30% in a painful limb seems to be 'normal' in chronic pain patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)885-889
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Rehabilitation
Volume17
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2003

    Keywords

  • HAND-HELD, INTERRATER RELIABILITY, GRIP STRENGTH, DYNAMOMETRY, TESTS

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