Medical Exercise Therapy: Level 1: Clinical Dynamometry
Date: February 11, 2017
Location: Chicago, IL
This course is not offered by Lafayette Instrument Company and has an associated cost.
This course is for clinicians to obtain the skill set for using a handheld dynamometer as a valid and reliable assessment tool in daily clinical practice. The different instruments, assessment and utilization modes are examined. With a mix of lecture and extensive lab practice, this course enables clinicians to immediately implement the use of clinical dynamometry.
Upon completion of this course the student will:
- Define the quantities of mass, force, internal and external torque, torque ratios
- Identify when to use manual muscle testing and HHD
- Distinguish when to use a HHD break technique vs. a make technique
- Recognize validity and reliability of HHD
- Identify how to increase reliability with patient, provider and instrument position
- Apply HHD as a tool for clinical documentation, demonstrating progress, patient motivation
- Operate a handheld dynamometer to assess strength with movement bias
- Operate a handheld dynamometer to assess strength with muscle / muscle group bias
- Operate a handheld and pull dynamometer to assess strength to facilitate the Clinical Fatigue Test
- Operate a handheld dynamometer to assess strength for the upper quadrant, lower quadrant and spine
Recommended Pre-Course Reading
Kolber MJ, Cleland JA. Strength testing using hand-held dynamometry. Phys Ther Rev 2005; 10: 99-112.