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Research Article  |   March 1983
The Effect of Wrist Immobilization on Performance of the Jebsen Hand Function Test
Author Affiliations
  • Joan D. Carlson, M.S., OTR, is an occupational therapist at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Catherine Anne Trombly, M.A., OTR, is Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Department, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
Article Information
Hand and Upper Extremity / Splinting / Features
Research Article   |   March 1983
The Effect of Wrist Immobilization on Performance of the Jebsen Hand Function Test
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1983, Vol. 37, 167-175. doi:10.5014/ajot.37.3.167
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1983, Vol. 37, 167-175. doi:10.5014/ajot.37.3.167
Abstract

Eighteen normal subjects participated in a study designed to monitor the effect of wrist motion on the time required to complete manual tasks from the Jebsen Hand Function Test. Activities were performed with the wrist free and with the wrist immobilized by a commercially available splint. The results showed a statistically significant increase in time to do the tasks during immobilization when compared to the free condition. There was great variation in patterns of motion between individuals. Treatment implications include individual consideration of position of wrist immobilization for splinting, proper length and fit of splint designed to immobilize, and the importance of practice in tasks following loss of wrist motion.