Do Impairments Predict Hand Dexterity After Distal Radius Fractures? A 6-Month Prospective Cohort Study

Pavlos Bobos, Emily A. Lalone, Ruby Grewal, Joy C. MacDermid
  • Hand, April 2017, SAGE Publishing
  • DOI: 10.1177/1558944717701242

What is it about?

Wrist fracture is one of the most common fractures. After an acute injury, individuals who sustained wrist fractures have physical impairments such as loss of grip strength and reduced wrist range of motion. These impairments may lead to functional deficits and affect individuals active daily living. Hand dexterity assessment is a distinct way to evaluate the level of hand function. In this paper we are trying to understand the relationship between physical impairments and hand dexterity which represents the level of hand function.

Why is it important?

The study findings supports the assumption that by restoring grip strength and wrist motion during the rehabilitation phase will probably contribute to better hand dexterity and therefore, better hand function

Perspectives

Pavlos Bobos (Author)

The ability to use our hands and manipulate objects and interact with the environment around us is unique. Unfortunately, after a wrist fracture our hand function is reduced and our ability to interact is compromised. The main goal of clinicians is to restore hand function and assist individuals to get back to normal. This clinical study is a first step to understand the relationship between physical impairments and hand dexterity.

The following have contributed to this page: Pavlos Bobos and Dr Joy C MacDermid