This study investigated the spasticity 0-10 Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) as a potential patient-related outcome measure in a population of children with cerebral palsy. Each child and caretaker rated the child's perceived gastrocnemius-soleus muscle spasticity on the 0-10 NRS, where 0 is no spasticity and 10 is the worst possible spasticity. Results suggest that children relate spasticity to end range of motion and caretakers relate spasticity to generalized hypertonia, while clinicians emphasize a velocity-dependent component of spasticity. Therefore, the 0-10 NRS may be useful in evaluating certain properties of spasticity but may be inaccurate as a specific spasticity measure.
- patient-related outcome
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Clinical Neurology