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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

GRADES OF MUSCLE STRENGTH

Grades of Muscle Strength
Grade
Description
5 or N
Full range of motion aginst gravity and full resistance for the patient's size, age, and sex
N
Slight weakness
G+
Moderate weakness
4 or G
Movement against gravity and moderate resistance at least 10 times without fatigue
F+
Movement against gravity several times or mild resistance one time
3 or F
Full range against gravity
F
Movement against gravity and complete range of motion one time
P+
Full range of motion with gravity eliminated but some resistance applied
2 or P
Full range of motion with gravity eliminated
P
Incomplete range of motion with gravity eliminated
1 or T
Evidence of contraction (visible or palpable) but no joint movement
0
No palpable or visible contraction and no joint movement
N = normal; G = good; F = fair; P = poor; T = trace.

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