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Rheumatol Rehabil. 1975 Feb;14(1):39-46.

Preliminary studies in measuring range of motion in normal and painful stiff shoulders.

Abstract

This study has been prompted by the need to provide basic data for prospective studies in the management of the painful stiff shoulder. We have used a hydrogoniometric technique of proven accuracy to measure passive movement at the gleno-humeral joint in a normal population, patients currently attending with a painful stiff shoulder, and a retrospective group. We have shown that there are significant age and sex differences in the range of motion of normal and affected groups. A significant number (42 per cent) of patients had persisting limitation of range of the gleno-humeral joint six years after the onset of the disability. The study indicates the importance of matching patients for age and sex, and the need for long-term follow-up for meaningful results.

PMID:
1121637
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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