Range of Motion: Hip Extension

range of motion Jun 29, 2023

To test Hip Extension range of motion with an inclinometer, follow these steps:

  1. Have the client adopt a prone position, face down on a massage table or mat.
  2. Ask the client to flex one knee up, with their heel directly over their knee. 
  3. Place the Measurz inclinometer on in the midway point of the posterior aspect of the ischial tuberosity and the joint line of the client’s knee.
  4. Ensuring the pelvis remains in a neutral position, hit the play button and instruct the client to lift their thigh up off the surface as high as they can. 
  5. One maximal hip extension is achieved, press the pause, and then the save button to record and view the results.

The normal Hip Extension range of motion can vary depending on age, sex, physical activity level, and other factors. However, typically, a range of motion of 10-20 degrees is considered normal for adults.



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