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New tool to measure outcomes could help improve arm surgery for devastating nerve injury
Date:5/19/2011

he instrument are measurements of motion, strength and function for seven critical domains of the upper extremity: shoulder elevation, shoulder external rotation, elbow flexion, elbow extension, wrist extension, finger flexion and intrinsics (the distance the fingers can be spread apart). The tool involves assessing tasks such as touching the back of your head, touching your mouth and holding a utensil.

The researchers hope that with help from the international community, the tool can be refined and outcomes can be standardized across research centers and across continents.


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