Range of Motion: Wrist Ulnar Deviation

range of motion Jul 04, 2023


To test wrist ulnar deviation 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. 
  2. Align the Measurz inclinometer with the third metacarpal. While ensuring they maintain a fixed forearm position, instruct the client to deviate their ulnar out and away from their midline.
  3. Hit the pause, followed by the save button and the Measurz inclinometer will generate the results for you.

We should be aiming for at least 20 degrees of ulnar deviation on this test. However, as with other joint ranges of motion, normal ranges can vary based on factors such as age, gender, and individual anatomy. It's also important to consider the person's overall health status and functional abilities when interpreting range of motion measurements.



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  2. Bandy, W. D., & Irion, J. M. (2010). The Effect of Time on Static Stretch on the Flexibility of the Hamstring Muscles. Physical Therapy in Sport, 11(4), 71-76.
  3. Wadsworth, C. T., Krishnan, R., Searle, A., & Middleton, S. (2004). Anatomical and Gender Specific Ultrasonographic Norms for Wrist Flexor and Extensor Muscle Tendon Unit Lengths. Clinical Biomechanics, 19(6), 542-550.

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