Range Of Motion

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Range of motion refers to the full potential movement of a joint. This movement typically comprises the range of flexion and extension along a particular axis. Limited range of motion is caused by a decline in a joints ability to move like it should. This is caused by pain, swelling, or stiffness in the joint area. A goniometer is a tool that is used by therapists to measure the range of motion of a joint in a client’s body. This is done by the therapist placing the center of the goniometer on the joint that is being evaluated. Next, the therapist aligns the main arm of the goniometer with the trunk of the client’s body while moving the measuring arm with the client’s arm or leg as they flex or extend their limb.
I have learned through my reading that there are three different types of
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I have personally witnessed many times that an occupational therapist used these techniques to assess their client. Not only does this measurement let the therapist know how much the client is improving over time, but it can also build confidence in the client by knowing that the work they are putting into therapy is paying off. Recording a client’s range of motion is a good way to keep track of what stage of the recovery process the client may be in. Many times a client will go to an occupational therapist, because they cannot complete their full range of motion without experiencing pain or fatigue.
Through my research, I was surprised to see how many different types of tools there are available for testing range of motion and other therapy related tests. I learned a small amount about a Baseline Wrist Inclinometer, a Baseline AcuAngle Inclinometer, and a Baseline Scoliometer. Although not all of these tools measure the range of motion, they are still fun to learn about. I look forward to learning more hands on techniques throughout this
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