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Measuring hand grip strength in rheumatoid arthritis

Measuring hand grip strength in rheumatoid arthritis
Measuring hand grip strength in rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic inflammatory disease with a particular predilection for causing pain, deformity and functional limitation affecting the hands. Measures of the severity of RA, such as the disease activity score with 28 joint count may not fully reflect the regional impact of RA on the hands. Hand grip strength measurements are a form of objective assessment that focuses specifically on the hands in RA. This review explores what is currently known about the assessment of hand grip strength; what it may indicate, how it is measured, some of the practical aspects and challenges associated with performing these tests, and how this information can be applied in a clinical setting. It summarises the role that grip strength has in assessing patients with RA and finishes with some recommendations for how to use grip strength measurements in clinical practice, and what direction future research might take.
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Higgins, Susie C.
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Adams, Joanna
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Hughes, Rodney
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Higgins, Susie C.
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Adams, Joanna
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Higgins, Susie C., Adams, Joanna and Hughes, Rodney (2018) Measuring hand grip strength in rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatology International, 1-8. (doi:10.1007/s00296-018-4024-2).

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic inflammatory disease with a particular predilection for causing pain, deformity and functional limitation affecting the hands. Measures of the severity of RA, such as the disease activity score with 28 joint count may not fully reflect the regional impact of RA on the hands. Hand grip strength measurements are a form of objective assessment that focuses specifically on the hands in RA. This review explores what is currently known about the assessment of hand grip strength; what it may indicate, how it is measured, some of the practical aspects and challenges associated with performing these tests, and how this information can be applied in a clinical setting. It summarises the role that grip strength has in assessing patients with RA and finishes with some recommendations for how to use grip strength measurements in clinical practice, and what direction future research might take.

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Accepted/In Press date: 27 March 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 April 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 419616
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/419616
ISSN: 0172-8172
PURE UUID: 700bc9ee-3a61-4388-a82c-3a48156ac92f
ORCID for Joanna Adams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1765-7060

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Date deposited: 16 Apr 2018 16:30
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 06:26

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Author: Susie C. Higgins
Author: Joanna Adams ORCID iD
Author: Rodney Hughes

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