Range of Motion: Hip Flexion

range of motion Jun 29, 2023

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

  1. Have the client adopt a supine position lying down on a massage table or mat. 
  2. On the side being tested, instruct the client to bring their leg up toward their chest in roughly a 90 degree shape.
  3. Then, simply place the Measurz inclinometer at the midway point of the femur, hit the pause/play, and then the save button. The Measurz app will generate the results after this.
  4. Should the client exhibit an excessive amount of active range of motion, or if you wish to perform this test passively by assisting the client to gain extra range of motion. Simply place the smart device on the opposite site of the femur, off the biceps femoris aspect of the femur. 
  5. As mentioned above, this test can also be performed passively. Should this be selected, please record this in the notes section and use it consistently.

It's essential to note that when using an inclinometer to measure Hip Flexion range of motion, it is critical to maintain a consistent placement of the inclinometer on the patient's thigh throughout the measurement process. Additionally, you must record the degree of Hip Flexion range at the point of greatest flexion.

Hip Flexion range of motion is an important measurement to assess a patient's lower extremity function and identify any potential limitations that may affect their mobility.

The normal Hip Flexion range of motion can vary depending on age, sex, physical activity level, and other factors. However, typically, a range of motion of 120-130 degrees is considered normal for adults.



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