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Type: Journal article
Title: The functional range of motion of the finger joints
Author: Bain, G.
Polites, N.
Higgs, B.
Heptinstall, R.
McGrath, A.
Citation: Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume), 2015; 40(4):406-411
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1753-1934
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G. I. Bain, N. Polites, B. G. Higgs, R. J. Heptinstall, A. M. McGrath
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to measure the functional range of motion of the finger joints needed to perform activities of daily living. Using the Sollerman hand grip function test, 20 activities were assessed in ten volunteers. The active and passive range of motion was measured with a computerized electric goniometer. The position of each finger joint was evaluated in the pre-grasp and grasp positions. The functional range of motion was defined as the range required to perform 90% of the activities, utilizing the pre-grasp and grasp measurements. The functional range of motion was 19°-71°, 23°-87°, and 10°-64° at the metacarpophalangeal, proximal interphalangeal, and distal interphalangeal joints, respectively. This represents 48%, 59%, and 60% of the active motion of these joints, respectively. There was a significant difference in the functional range of motion between the joints of the fingers, with the ulnar digits having greater active and functional range. The functional range of motion is important for directing indications for surgery and rehabilitation, and assessing outcome of treatment.
Keywords: Activities of daily living; distal interphalangeal joint; interphalangeal joint; metacarpophalangeal joint; proximal range of motion
Rights: © the Author(s) 2014
RMID: 0030022927
DOI: 10.1177/1753193414533754
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