Upper Limb Analysis
The test has several components. All of this information provides a comprehensive picture of the various factors contributing to the upper limb disorder.
Upper Limb Analysis TestVideo – The patient is videotaped while performing a variety of upper limb motions, including:
- Grasp and release
- Functional tasks
- Raising the arm
- Flexing and extending the elbow and wrist
- Grasp and release of objects
Muscles tested during an EMG include those targeted for tendon transfer or neuromuscular blockade, such as flexor carpi ulnaris, flexor carpi radialis or brachioradialis.
- A tendon lengthening or transfer moves a tendon to the other side of a joint to improve movement.
- A neuromuscular blockade temporarily weakens a muscle. This creates an opportunity to increase the muscle’s range of motion which reduces contractures (tight muscles or joints). Botox is a medication often used for the blockade.
Kinematics – Kinematics provides a 3-D picture of how the upper limb moves during a functional reach and grasp task. Reflective balls are taped onto the arms, trunk (shoulders to hips) and pelvis. Digital cameras record the balls’ movements to measure joint motion at the trunk, shoulder, elbow and wrist.
Preparing for an Upper Limb AnalysisAn upper limb analysis lasts 1-2 hours.
Upper Limb Analysis ReportAfter the upper limb analysis is completed, the referring health care provider will receive a:
- Paper copy of the patient report, including:
- Test results
- Treatment recommendations
- CD that contains:
- Electronic copy of the patient report