Range of Motion: Wrist Extension

range of motion Jul 04, 2023

To test the wrist extension range of motion with an inclinometer, follow these steps:

  1. Have the client adopt a seated position with their elbow tucked into their trunk and flexed at 90 degrees with their forearm pronated. This test can also be performed with the forearm supported if need be.
  2. Align the Measurz inclinometer with the third metacarpal, and instruct the client to extend their wrist upward.
  3. Hit the pause, followed by the save button and the Measurz inclinometer will generate the results for you. NB: Ideally we should aim to achieve at least 60 degrees of wrist extension on this test.

The normal range of motion for wrist extension is typically between 0 and 70 degrees. However, the exact range can vary depending on factors such as age, sex, and individual differences in anatomy and flexibility. Generally, a range of motion of 60 to 70 degrees of wrist extension is considered normal for adults.



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  3. Levangie, P. K., & Norkin, C. C. (2018). Joint Structure and Function: A Comprehensive Analysis (6th ed.). F. A. Davis Company.

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