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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