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Definition : Instruments designed to measure mechanical force, including the force produced by muscular contraction. Dynamometers intended for clinical use are available in a variety of designs and using different mechanisms (e.g., squeeze, hydraulic, spring-type) to measure muscle strength, according to the anatomic part (e.g., hand, back, leg), the force being measured, the intended evaluation, and the level of precision needed. Clinical dynamometers are intended mainly to test muscle strength after illness or trauma and as a tool to evaluate an individual's progress during treatment (e.g., during rehabilitation therapy). Dedicated clinical dynamometers are available to measure hand grip, pinch, and leg and/or back strength; some dynamometers are used for inspection, repair, and/or calibration of medical devices and instruments.

UMDC code : 15577

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