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Z .International Journal of Rehabilitation Research 24, 15 24 2001 Sensitivity of qualitative and quantitative spasticity
 

Summary: Z .International Journal of Rehabilitation Research 24, 15 24 2001
Sensitivity of qualitative and quantitative spasticity
measures to clinical treatment with cryotherapy
S T E P H E N C. AL L I SO N1,U
and L AW RE NC E D. AB RAH AM2
1
Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234, USA
2
The Unišersity of Texas at Austin, TX 78712, USA
This study examined the extent to which a battery of tests could detect a reduction of plantarflexor spasticity resulting
from cryotherapy. The tests included a traditional qualitative spasticity scale, three potential quantitative spasticity
measures and a measure of voluntary ankle muscle function. Twenty-six adult traumatic-brain-injured subjects were
Z .examined; these included 22 males and 4 females. The mean age was 28.15 years range: 18 57, SD 10.78 . The five tests
were performed in random sequence on both ankles of each subject, before and after a 20 minute cold pack application
Z .to the calf. Tests were: modified Ashworth scale MAS scoring; H-reflex testing with and without dorsiflexor
Z . Z .contraction Hdf/Hctrl ratio ; H-reflex testing with and without Achilles tendon vibration Hvib/Hctrl ratio ; reflex
Z . Z .threshold angle RTA and timed toe tapping TTT . Cryotherapy resulted in lowered MAS scores consistent with a
Zreduction in spasticity. Doubly multivariate repeated measures ANOVA revealed a significant difference Fs24.16,
.P-0.001 in test scores between the pre- and post-cryotherapy test batteries. Significant pre- and post-cryotherapy
Z .differences P F 0.03 for all dependent measures contributed to the main effect for cryotherapy. However, among the

  

Source: Abraham, Lawrence D. - Institute for Neuroscience & Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, University of Texas at Austin

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine