Joint Mobilization

Passive joint range of motion is evaluated by measuring the amount and characteristics of joint motion. Assessing passive range of motion requires patient cooperation and muscular relaxation as each articulation is moved passively throughout its unique ranges and directions of joint motion. 

The goal of palpating joint movement is to evaluate the quality of joint motion, the initiation of resistance to motion, and the amplitude of joint motion present.  Passive joint range of motion is used to detect whether a particular movement is normal, restricted, or hypermobile. Passive joint mobility can be assessed either segmentally through palpation of individual vertebral motion segments or limb articulations or evaluated regionally via passive mobilization of vertebral regions or the entire fore or hind limbs.

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Joint Mobilization