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
presented in StrokEngine-assessment.