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Masters Thesis | Physiotherapy | India | Volume 12 Issue 6, June 2023
Effect of Severity of COVID-19 Infections on Grip Strength among Post-COVID Survivors
Abstract: Background: Although several studies have addressed the relationship between SARS-COV-2 infection and decrease in muscle strength but temporal relationship between them has not been studied in detail. Aim: To find out the effect of severity of COVID-19 infection on handgrip strength among post-COVID survivors. Design: cross-sectional. Setting: This study took place from June 10, 2020 to December 01, 2022 at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science, Bangalore Karnataka, India. Population: Subjects with a history of SARS-COV-2 confirmed by positive result on real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction analysis of throat swab specimen and/or radiologic evaluations. Methods: The severity of COVID-19 was classified as mild, moderate and severe disease defined according to the guidelines issued by the National Institutes of Health (2020) and duration of COVID-19 infection. Handheld dynamometer was used to measure Handgrip strength. Results: 248 patients, means of Right Handgrip strength and Left Handgrip strength compared between mild to moderate, mild to severe and moderate to severe there is a statistically significance difference between the severity of Handgrip strength affected among post COVID-19 Survivors (p<0.000). Conclusion: Handgrip strength showed statistically significant reduction in severely affected post-COVID survivors than mild and moderately affected post-COVID survivors. This study suggests that handgrip strength assessment need to be considered in various conditions to know the prognosis of COVID-19.
Keywords: COVID-19, Handgrip strength, Handheld dynamometer
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 6, June 2023,
Pages: 826 - 828