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Assessment of Sensory and Motor Function

  • Paul D. Hansen
  • Lynette S. Chandler
Part of the Human Brain Function book series (HBFA)


The assessment of individuals with neurological deficits requires focused evaluation of the extent to which pathophysiology of cells or tissues is expressed as neurological impairment, as well as an understanding of the disabilities and limitations imposed by the sensory-motor losses (see Table 1) (National Institutes of Health, 1993; World Health Organization, 1980). This chapter provides an overview of the clinical evaluation of sensory motor system impairment and the pathology that points to the impairment underlying the disability. Furthermore, we discuss the combined effects of sensory-motor impairment on function as evaluated by gait. Limitations imposed by the environment are not the focus of this chapter.


Peripheral Nerve Cutaneous Nerve Neurological Evaluation Spinal Nerve Root Intention Tremor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul D. Hansen
    • 1
  • Lynette S. Chandler
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Occupational and Physical TherapyUniversity of Puget SoundTacomaUSA

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