If you have recently been injured as the result of an accident, you may be experiencing a decrease in your range of motion. Range of motion is simply the maximum movement a joint is capable of. It is one aspect we measure when assessing injuries and determining the level of disability in an accident victim. Successfully measure a loss of your range of motion is a key component in determining the liability of the party responsible in relation to your medical expenses.
The range of motion in a joint is actually broken down into two categories:
- Active Motion: This is how you move the joint on your own by using the surrounding muscles.
- Passive Motion: Passive motion occurs when the chiropractor or other practitioner moves the joint for you.
We measure the range of motion in a joint based on degrees using a goniometer or an inclinometer. A goniometer is usually a clear, plastic type of ruler that has a fixed arm and a moving arm to measure the angle of the joint. An inclinometer resembles a protractor with arms. They have dials or digital readouts that provide the needed measurement.
One of the primary goals in the treatment of accident victims following the reduction of pain and discomfort is to restore the full range of motion. We accomplish this through chiropractic adjustment, therapeutic massage, corrective exercise, electric muscle stimulation, and ultrasound.
Out Summerlin-area practice has experience working with insurance companies and law offices to make sure that your visits are paid for by the responsible party without out-of-pocket expenses for you.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, schedule an appointment with Chiropractic Healing Center right away to begin treatment. The sooner you start, the better your chances are of making a full recovery.