Measuring Range of Shoulder-Joint Movement in Scapular Plane

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  • 肩甲骨面における肩関節可動域の測定

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Separately evaluating movement of the scapulohumeral joint and scapulothoracic joint is important as part of conducting a physical therapy program for shoulder joint injuries. Our measurement method ensures an easy and convenient way of evaluating shoulder joint movement in daily medical treatment, but it is thought that standard values are necessary when evaluating individual cases. In order to define a standard value numerically as an indicator of the movement of the scapulohumeral joint and scapulothoracic joint for our measurement method, the trunk-to-spine scapula angle was measured in healthy individuals as subjects (24 cases, 48 shoulders) without shoulder joint injuries, while having them raise the upper limb in the scapular plane at 0-, 90-, and 150-degree angles between the trunk and upper arm. The results were that scapulothoracic joint movement in trunk-to-upper arm angle was 12.7 ± 5.8 degrees in the 0-90 degree interval, and 33.7 ± 6.3 degrees in the 90-150 degree interval. These results differ from those of other researchers, and could become basic data for this diagnostic method.


  • Physical Therapy Japan

    Physical Therapy Japan 30 (1), 14-16, 2003-02-20

    Japanese Society of Physical Therapy


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