|The patient is was 32 year old male.
His work as a road crew laborer involved repetitive stress on both hands and wrists. The
patient developed carpal tunnel syndrome of the right wrist. The diagnosis was verified
with EMG and NCV. Surgical release was performed 16 months prior to this analysis. The
patient was back to work without restriction. He claimed to have continued disability from
the carpal tunnel and the subsequent surgery. The question of current functional
disability was addressed with kinematic, functional EMG, and work capacity analysis.
A test was designed to analyze the kinematics, and
functional electromyography of the patient's right vs. left wrist and finger capability.
Video computerized motion analysis and multi-channel dynamic electromyography procedures
were implemented to gather the necessary data.
Right vs. Left Index Finger Kinematic Analysis
Functional Motion Analysis Results
EMG analysis [see Graph 1] revealed symmetrical and
appropriate EMG response to multiple dynamic wrist and finger flexion/extension exercises.
EMG Left vs. Right Wrist Flexor Group
Kinematic analysis revealed the patient to have an
active range of motion of 83.9 deg. for the right wrist, compared to 80.9 deg. for the
left wrist. [see Graph 2]
Right Wrist vs. Left Wrist AROM Kinematics
Analysis of wrist and finger velocity and
acceleration, indicated the patient was capable of flexing and extending the wrist and
fingers with a higher velocity for the right wrist and hand than the left. [see Graph 3]
Left vs. Right Wrist Flexion/Extension
Kinematic and EMG results verified the patient is
fully rehabilitated. His movement capability for active range of motion, velocity and
acceleration of the right wrist and fingers, is equal to or greater than the left wrist
and fingers. The conclusion was a current rating of 0% disability.