- Introduced in the 1950s as a diagnostic tool of spasticity.
- Originally a qualitative measure (clinician simply observed the leg swing).
- The use of electronic equipment to generate quantitative data was introduced in the 1980’s.
- The Wartenberg Pendulum Test is described as a measure of spastic hypertonia.
- It was proposed as a method of measuring the effects of therapeutic intervention on spasticity.
- Its usefulness and validity in any population suffering from spasms is debatable.
- Computer equipment is required. Although the test itself is quite simple, collecting quantitative information is more consuming.
- This test has not been validated in a SCI specific population and its validity in other populations is debated.
Body Function ▶ Neuromusculoskeletal & Movement-related Functions and Structures