Range of Motion Assessment

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Range of motion is the primary and fundamental assessment of patients suffering from musculoskeletal injuries. It is the measurement of the achievable distance or angle between the flexed and the extended positions of a particular joint or muscle group.

Numerous decisions regarding patient status and treatment are based wholly or in part on joint motion measurements. It is commonly used to determine the extent of limited range of motion in order to help properly diagnose the patient’s disorder as well as to determine the efficacy of treatment.

Limited range of motion can result from: mechanical problems, muscle spasticity, joint pain, inflammation, swelling, infection, injury, and disease.

Related Studies:

Whiplash, range of motion, and chiropractic "Kasch's work demonstrated that CROM was the best single indicator of predicting long-term handicap for WAD patients."

Cervical spine adjustment increases active ROM "Increased ranges of motion have been reported to accompany spinal manipulation."