Correlation of Handgrip Strength with Thumb Flexibility, Strength and Pain in Manual Therapists

Authors

  • Saba Riaz Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Management and Technology, UMT Lahore Pakistan
  • Tooba Mazhar Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Management and Technology, UMT Lahore Pakistan
  • Sumbal Riaz Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Management and Technology, UMT Lahore Pakistan
  • Ayesha Batool Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Management and Technology, UMT Lahore Pakistan
  • Awishba Khan Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Management and Technology, UMT Lahore Pakistan
  • Sadia Khan Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Management and Technology, UMT Lahore Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v73i6.9142

Keywords:

Flexibility, Grip strength, Manual Therapy, Strength, Work-related musculoskeletal disorders

Abstract

Objective: To find the correlation bwteen hand grip strength with thumb muscle strength, flexibility and thumb pain in
manual therapists and to find out the variation of these variables in healthy manual therapists.

Study Design: Comparative cross-sectional Study.

Place and Duration of Study: Pakistan Society of Rehabilitation and Disability, Jinnah Hospital, Ittefaq Hospital, and Riphah
University Pakistan, from Nov 2021 to Jan 2022.

Methodology: One hundred thirty-five manual therapists were enrolled. Informed consent was taken from participants
meeting inclusion and exclusion criteria. The questionnaire was filled out using a Dynamometer for Handgrip strength check, a Manual Muscle testing technique for Thumb muscle strength check, a Numeric pain rating scale for Pain intensity, and Goniometry for Flexibility of the Thumb muscles.

Results: Results showed that most manual therapists had no wrist pain (99,73.3%) or thumb pain (104,77%). The majority of
therapists (116 ,85.9%), had less than normal grip strength of hand, and 58(43%) had maximum thumb strength. There was a positive correlation between grip strength and thumb strength (r=0.234). There was a negative correlation between grip
strength and thumb pain (r=-0.077).

Conclusion: The study concluded that most manual therapists did not suffer from wrist and thumb pain. The majority had
good thumb muscle strength but poor hand grip strength. Thumb strength positively correlates with grip strength, while
thumb pain negatively correlates with handgrip strength.

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30-12-2023

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Riaz, S., Mazhar, T., Riaz, S., Batool, A., Khan, A., & Khan, S. (2023). Correlation of Handgrip Strength with Thumb Flexibility, Strength and Pain in Manual Therapists. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 73(6), 1699–1702. https://doi.org/10.51253/pafmj.v73i6.9142

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