Modified Ashworth Scale


Purpose of the measure

The Modified Ashworth Scale is considered the primary clinical measure of muscle spasticity in patients with neurological conditions. However, some publications question its ability to measure spasticity and advocate the Modified Ashworth Scale as a rating scale to measure abnormality in tone or the resistance to passive movements, since there is no clinically direct method for measuring spasticity (Gregson, Leathley, Moore, Sharma, Smith & Watkins, 1999; Pandyan, Johnson, Price, Curless, Barnes & Rodgers, 1999).

Authors*: Sabrina Figueiredo, BSc; Lisa Zeltzer, BSc
Editors: Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD OT; Elissa Sitcoff, BA BSc

Evidence reviewed as of before 13-07-2011

NOTE: *The authors have no direct financial interest in any tools, tests or interventions presented in StrokEngine-assessment.