Pinch strength testing is an essential objective measurement that should be performed with every physical examination. This information is important as it can tell us a lot in regard to a patient’s function and their overall quality of life. However, pinch gauges can potentially limit a clinician’s ability to gather pertinent data. Pinch gauges are generally designed in a standard size so there can be no customization to the device itself.
Luckily, there is a product that can help provide meaningful, reliable, repeatable, and individualized data…
The Baseline BIMS® 5-Position Dynamometer.
What is the 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. 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). Results are shown on a fully colored LCD screen that are easy to read. 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.
The ability to change the paddle position allows for complete individualized objective measures and really accommodate for varying factors including hand size and finger length. To obtain the best results, objective measurements should be individualized to the patient.
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Article Written By Eric Trauber, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT