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Pediatric Neuromuscular Recovery Scale
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Exploratory: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)-Pediatric (ages 1-12)
Short Description of Instrument
Construct measured: Function, neuromuscular recovery
Generic vs. disease specific: Disease specific
This instrument is used to evaluate motor function and recovery unaided by compensation.
Comments/Special Instructions
SCI-Pediatric-specific: Motor function and recovery associated with gross motor, fine motor, trunk function, balance, stepping, and walking is assessed using a phased scoring approach. For each sequential phase of an activity, the participant must demonstrate normal (no compensation) execution of the task (e.g., picking up object without using tenodesis or other compensation). The scale requires two-to-three testers, standardized equipment and time (depending on severity of impairment).
Strengths/Weaknesses: Achievement of the task and how the task is achieved are both considered. It may be most useful for studies that want to measure neuro-recovery as an endpoint. Further psychometric testing in SCI is warranted.
Ardolino EM, Mulcahey MJ, Trimble S, Argetsinger L, Bienkowski M, Mullen C, Behrman AL. Development and Initial Validation of the Pediatric Neuromuscular Recovery Scale. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2016 winter;28(4):416-426
Ardolino EM, Flores MB, Ferreira G, Jeantete SN, Manella KM. Interrater Reliability of the Pediatric Neuromuscular Recovery Scale in Children with Spina Bifida. Dev Neurorehabil. 2019;23:1-6.
Behrman AL, Velozo C, Suter S, Lorenz D and Basso DM. Test-retest reliability of the Neuromuscular Recovery Scale. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015;96(8):1375-1384.
Behrman AL, Trimble SA, Argetsinger LC, Roberts MT, Mulcahey MJ, Clayton L, Gregg ME, Lorenz D, Ardolino EM. Interrater Reliability of the Pediatric Neuromuscular Recovery Scale for Spinal Cord Injury. Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil. 2019;25(2):121-131.
Velozo C, Moorhouse M, Ardolino E, Lorenz D, Suter S, Basso DM and Behrman AL. Validity of the Neuromuscular Recovery Scale: a measurement model approach. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015;96(8):1385-1396.


Document last updated June 2020