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Graphical presentation of the range of hip and knee rotations for clinical evaluation of gait

Cheng, Pei Lai & Pearcy, Mark J. (2001) Graphical presentation of the range of hip and knee rotations for clinical evaluation of gait. Clinical Biomechanics, 16(1), pp. 84-86.

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Abstract

Objective. This paper reports a method of using a multi-axis graph to represent the range of rotations at the hip and knee joints during gait for clinical evaluation of a patient's performance.

Design and methods. The multi-axis graph uses 12 symmetrically arranged axes to represent each component of range of rotations at the hip and knee joints of both legs. The range of joint rotations of thirteen normal subjects and two patients were measured using an electromagnetic motion tracking system with four foot switches.

Results. The range of joint rotations of normal subjects shows a symmetrical star in the multi-axis graph. Abnormal function of a patient shows an asymmetrical star.

Conclusions. This representation provides a simple way to examine a patient's performance in a time effective manner.

Relevance In clinical practice, the multi-axis representation of joint rotations can be used as an initial evaluation of a patient's performance to identify problems for further investigation.

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ID Code: 8215
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Author contact details: m.pearcy@qut.edu.au
Keywords: Range of motion, Biomechanics, Hip and knee joints, Gait analysis, Joint rotation
DOI: 10.1016/S0268-0033(00)00069-3
ISSN: 0268-0033
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300) > Biomechanical Engineering (090302)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Elsevier
Deposited On: 25 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 17:36

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