Range of Motion Testing and “Maximum Medical Improvement”

What is “Range of Motion?”

Range of Motion, or ROM, refers to the movement of a joint, i from its full flexion (bent at its natural angle) to its full extension. Each joint, including the spine has a normal range of motion. In the case of a joint or spinal injury, range of motion can be hindered or even reduced due to tissue damage and/or swelling.

What is “Maximum Medical Improvement?”

“Maximum Medical Improvement,” or MMI, as it is commonly referred to, is a crucial concept in any insurance claim. Simply put, MMI refers to the point in your treatment in which your impairment is considered permanent and stabilized and is not expected to improve anytime soon. Any treatment at this point is considered to be necessary in order to maintain current level of health and functioning.

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How Are Range of Motion and MMI Connected?

In order to determine the extent of an injury, a medical appraisal is required and the impairment is assigned a percentage, or “rating.” The rating is intended to evaluate the injury in terms of its efficiency in daily living tasks. Accurate and complete ROM reports are necessary in order to determine whether a patient has reached MMI.

In short, without accurate range of motion reports to measure a patient’s condition, disagreements may arise, in which case an Agreed Medical Evaluator or a court-appointed physician will be assigned, who will make the final decision.

Range of motion reports are crucial to a patient’s case. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance, in the best interest of the patient, to have a system that is current and provides an accurate baseline.

Understanding that manual reports can be time-consuming and often called into question in court cases, Kennebec, a leader in Muscle Testing and Range of Motion technology, has developed a state-of-the-art system that provides testing and reporting documents in an average of 60 to 90 seconds.

This groundbreaking system allows for accurate and objective range of motion reports that allow physician’s to provide a complete and documented assessment of a patient’s condition by using a wireless device coupled with a suite of easy-to-use, integrated software modules.

Having the right documentation can be crucial to a patient’s case. Kennebec’s P.R.O.O.F. Preferred system (Positive Reinforcement Of Objective Findings) offers two levels of Range of Motion and Muscle Testing Devices:

  • The Lite System includes two session reports comparing patient data on different test dates and automatically calculating improvement and limitations.
  • The Premium System level includes all of the Lite system features as well as three different narrative reports for documenting personal injury and worker’s comp cases, which are crucial when it comes to case evaluations.

For more information on Kennebec’s P.R.O.O.F. Preferred systems and their benefits to medical providers and patients, contact them today for more information.