Approaches to Sensory Motor Recovery and Function
Intensive Cross Cutting Poster
The Semmes Weinstein is a non-invasive assessment for the threshold of light touch (Schultz, 1998). Normative sensation thresholds using the Semmes and similar tests have been reported in asymptomatic subjects (Desrosiers, 1996). These studies have suggested that sensibility test performance declines with age, particularly among male subjects. However, even when accounting for age and gender, a significant variability in sensibility across subjects remains, which calls to question the validity of the Semmes Weinstein as a diagnostic tooll.