Purpose: To determine the reliability and measurement error of measurements of intrinsic muscle strength of a new hand-held dynamometer (the Rotterdam Intrinsic Hand Myometer [RIHM]). Methods: With the RIHM we obtained repeated measurements of the intrinsic muscle strength of the hand in 27 patients with peripheral nerve injury of the ulnar and/or median nerve in different stages of rehabilitation. The average time period after injury was 4. 4 years (range, 99 days-11 years). Results: Differences between 2 measurements greater than 6.3 N were interpreted as a real change in assessing the strength of the abduction of the little and index finger; for the median innervated muscles of the thumb this value was 16 N. Conclusions: In patients with nerve injuries the muscle strength is usually assessed with manual muscle strength testing and grip- and pinch-strength dynamometers. Preferably the intrinsic muscle strength should be measured in isolation and quantitatively. The RIHM is a new dynamometer that allows for measurements of the intrinsic muscle strength in isolation with reliability comparable to grip and pinch measurements. Copyright

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doi.org/10.1016/j.jhsa.2003.10.024, hdl.handle.net/1765/66885
Journal of Hand Surgery
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Schreuders, T., Roebroeck, M., Jaquet, J., Hovius, S., & Stam, H. (2004). Measuring the Strength of the Intrinsic Muscles of the Hand in Patients with Ulnar and Median Nerve Injuries: Reliability of the Rotterdam Intrinsic Hand Myometer (RIHM). Journal of Hand Surgery, 29(2), 318–324. doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2003.10.024