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Investigating Cervical Range-of-Motion Testing

The measurement of cervical range of motion (ROM) is used in rating disability and impairment, as part of the clinical criteria in disease classification, and in monitoring treatment progress and effectiveness.

A Danish study investigated the ability of independent clinicians to achieve similar results when measuring passive cervical ROM with a computerized device.

Forty asymptomatic subjects were divided into two groups of 20 (10 men and 10 women): an active cervical ROM group and a passive cervical ROM group. Two chiropractors with eight years of clinical experience examined the subjects using a specialized electrogoniometer.

Results: Active and passive cervical ROM could be measured reliably in six movement directions by the same examiner, and measurements were reliable when measured by different examiners for active cervical ROM (six movement directions) and passive total ROM (three motion planes).

Christensen HW, Nilsson N. The reliability of measuring active and passive cervical range of motion: an observer-blinded and randomized repeated-measures design. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, June 1998;21(5), pp341-47.
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