What is a pinch meter?
Also known as: pinch gauge, hydraulic pinch gauge.
A pinch meter is a medical instrument that is used to test digital strength in the form of three different types of pinches. It primarily serves as a diagnostic and assessment tool.
- The lateral/key pinch can be used to screen for ulnar nerve injuries (weakness of the adductor pollicis or 1st dorsal interosseus).
- The tip pinch can be used to screen for anterior interosseous nerve weakness.
- The 3 point/3 jaw chuck pinch can be used to screen for median nerve injuries or carpal metacarpal degenerative joint disease.
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