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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: June | Volume: 5 | Issue: 6 | Pages: 165-172

Correlation between Handgrip Strength and Upper Extremity Function in Pregnant Women Aged 20-35 Years

Dr. Meghana R Pandya1, Dr. Megha S Sheth2

1Master of Physiotherapy in Rehabilitation
2Lecturer, SBB College of Physiotherapy, VS Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Corresponding Author: Dr. Meghana R Pandya


Background: Musculoskeletal changes resulting from pregnancy are widely acknowledged, though, its magnitude is scarcely quantified. Hand Grip Strength (HGS) is reported as an indicator of the total body strength an objective test for physical capability and a valid predictor of work capacity degree of disease/injury, and rehabilitation outcomes. Upper limb dysfunction is a common musculoskeletal condition in general population.
Aim: To find the correlation between handgrip strength and upper extremity function in pregnant women in all three trimesters aged 20-35 years.
Method: A cross sectional survey study included 300 pregnant women. Study was conducted in obstetrics and gynecology department, General hospital, Ahmedabad. HGS was measured by using handheld dynamometer. Upper extremity function scale was used to measure upper extremity function.
Results: Moderate negative correlation found between Rt HGS and UEFS (r=-0.790) and between Lt HGS and UEFS (r=-0.588) which was statistically significant.
Conclusion: There is moderate negative correlation between handgrip strength and upper extremity function in pregnant women.

Key words: Pregnancy, Handgrip strength, upper extremity function.

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