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Hand grip in relation to cubitus valgus deformity in children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy

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Radwa S. Abdul-Rahman, Al Shimaa Ramadan Azab and Khalid A. Alahmari
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The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between hand grip and cubitus valgus in hemiparetic cerebral palsied children. Subjects and procedures: 25hemiparetic cerebral palsied children (boys and girls) between7 and 9years of age were selected to participate in this study. Cubitus valgus was measured by a universal goniometer and a handheld dynamometer to test for hand grip strength. Results: By comparing both affected and unaffected sides, it was revealed that there was a significant correlation in both variables of hand grip and carrying angle; however using the Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient test, there was no significant correlation found between hand grip strength in an affected hand and the carrying angle in an affected upper arm. Conclusion: Hand grip muscle strength was reduced and directly affected by the carrying angle in both the affected and unaffected upper arms as a result of the valgus position was of positive correlation with hand grip, meaning that a hemiparetic hand grasps all objects with an exaggerated opening throughout the entire movement without an anticipatory grasp formation which later the hand grip will be directly affected by the degree of cubitus valgus angulation.

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