Pinch grip strength is an important objective measurement that is generally taken during regular physical examinations of patients presenting with various impairments and functional limitations. Pinch grip strength is important to assess as it allows us to perform everyday tasks including activities of daily living. Therefore, implementing pinch strength testing is a must.
When looking at a pinch strength dynamometer, virtually all the pinch strength dynamometers in the market are all standardized to one size. There is no room for customization of the device. Patients will have different finger lengths, palm widths, and other anatomical variation. Also, patients may have difficulty performing specific tasks that involve varying pinch grip widths. As a result, you may be limited in capturing the clinical snapshot.
However, there is a product that will allow you to individualize the assessment to gain the most accurate measurement possible.
And this product is the Baseline BIMS Digital 5-Position Pinch Dynamometer.
Baseline, BIMS Digital 5-Position Pinch Dynamometer:
Tired of using your old hydraulic dynamometer? You can upgrade in a pinch! The BIMS Digital 5-Position Pinch Dynamometer by Baseline represents the latest and greatest technology applied to a familiar product. Introducing load-cell digital technology. A more accurate, repeatable, and consistent measurement mechanic compared to the standard hydraulic dynamometer. With this new digital application, BIMS dynamometers are hydraulic oil-free, and all functions do not require moving parts that are prone to breaking or leaking. Each dynamometer features adjustable 5-position paddles that fit all hand sizes and enable testing at various grip positions. Simple and easy to use, just press select to begin the test and delete to reset the test to zero. The BIMS dynamometer saves time by calculating mean, SD, COV, and other statistics all in this feature packed device. Designed for both strong and weak patients. Tests are shown in real time, with strength readings being displayed in both pounds and kilograms. Extended testing capacity can measure grip strength up to 100 lbs (45 kg). These results are stored either on the device itself or transferred to your local PC. The BIMS dynamometer is also Bluetooth-enabled for connection to future applications. With an included fitted foam carrying case and user manual you have all the tools you need to measure grip strength.
Having the ability to individualize an objective assessment will ultimately help the clinician gather pertinent information to help guide clinical decision making. Thus, this information will allow the clinician to deliver a therapeutic, individualized, and meaningful plan of care.
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Article Written By Eric Trauber, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT