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Management of spasticity - A scientific basis for outcome measures

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Garth Johnson


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The clinical measurement of spasticity calls for techniques which can be used quickly and easily and are in correspondence with the clinical definition. Biomechanical tests provide the greatest possibility of achieving this. An instrumented approach to the Ashworth test has been shown to produce reliable data and there is still further potential for pendulum type tests in conjunction with appropriate mathematical models. Biomechanical techniques also have the ability to measure reflex excitability. The final challenge is to combine these methods to produce a rapid clinical test.

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Author(s): Johnson GR

Editor(s): Sorkoker, N., Ring, H.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Advances in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine: 2nd World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM)

Year of Conference: 2003

Pages: 337-344

Publisher: Medimond SRL

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

Sponsor(s): Int Soc Phys & Rehabilitat Med

ISBN: 8832331225