Assessment of physical status is an important aspect of determining the rehabilitation potential of any patient. This study reports on bilateral grip strength, lateral pinch strength, muscle strength, timed mobility, and nerve conduction studies of 132 chronic dialysis patients. Grip strength was significantly below the standards for a normal population, and slowed nerve conduction was evident. Peripheral neuropathy is one source of decreased grip strength, but other contributing sources are likely. Exercises to improve upper extremity strength of dialysis patients and the consequences of decreased grip strength for employment merit further study.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Dialysis and Transplantation|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1983|
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