An investigation of upper extremity function in patients with multiple sclerosis, and its relation with shoulder position sense and disability level.

Unluer N. Ö. , Ozkan T. , Yasa M. E. , Ates Y. , Anlar O.

Somatosensory & motor research, vol.36, no.3, pp.189-194, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/08990220.2019.1644998
  • Title of Journal : Somatosensory & motor research
  • Page Numbers: pp.189-194


Purpose: The purposes of this study were to investigate upper extremity function and shoulder position sense in patients with multiple sclerosis and its relation with disability level. Materials and methods: In this study, 20 multiple sclerosis and 20 healthy subjects participated. The disability level was determined by the Expanded Disability Status Scale. Mental state was assessed using the Mini-Mental State Examination. Upper extremity function was measured with the 9-Hole Peg Test and shoulder position sense was evaluated with a Dualer IQTM digital inclinometer. The study protocol was also registered at (NCT03846336). Results: Upper extremity function scores were lower and shoulder position sense error scores were greater in patients with multiple sclerosis in comparison to healthy controls (p < .05). While disability level was associated with dominant and non-dominant upper extremity function, no relationship was found between the disability level and shoulder position sense (p < .05). Only the dominant side shoulder position senses at 30 degrees and 60 degrees abduction were found to be associated with upper extremity function (p < .05). Conclusions: These results indicate that shoulder position sense and upper extremity function were affected in patients with multiple sclerosis with mild to moderate disability. Upper extremity functions were associated with shoulder abduction joint sense in patients with multiple sclerosis. In the assessment of upper extremity functions, joint position sense should be taken into account even at early stages of multiple sclerosis, so it may provide guidance in planning rehabilitation programs.