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Research Article  |   January 1989
Wrist Muscle Tone and Self-Care Skill in Persons With Hemiparesis
Author Affiliations
  • Sandi J. Spaulding, MS, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, School of Allied Health Professions, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
  • Elaine Strachota, MS, OTR, is Instructor, Occupational Therapy Program, Milwaukee Area Technical Institute, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • James J. McPherson, MS, OTR, is Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, School of Allied Health Professions, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • Marea Kuphal, OTR, at the time of this study, was a senior occupational therapy student in the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • Maria Ramponi, OTR, at the time of this study, was a senior occupational therapy student in the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Article Information
Hand and Upper Extremity / Health and Wellness / Features
Research Article   |   January 1989
Wrist Muscle Tone and Self-Care Skill in Persons With Hemiparesis
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1989, Vol. 43, 11-16. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.1.11
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1989, Vol. 43, 11-16. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.1.11
Abstract

The purpose of this research was to investigate the interaction between muscle tone at the wrist and self-care function in persons with hemiparesis. Dynamic and static muscle tone measurements were taken at the wrist. Self-care ability was measured with a chart review and the Klein–Bell Scale. The results of the study did not support the assumption that there is a significant relationship between muscle tone and activities of daily living for persons with hemiparesis. Perhaps other variables such as the general state of health, cognition, and perception should also be considered during the treatment of self-care.