Single and Dual Inclinometry
The ultimate goal of any healthcare professional is to allow each patient to regain the necessary function to be able to resume the activities that constitute their daily life. A crucial element of this role is determining whether an individual possesses the appropriate Range Of Motion (ROM) to carry forward without pain.
Advances in technology have allowed for more comprehensive and accurate devices to measure a patient’s ROM, which have proved beneficial to developing comprehensive and satisfying treatment plans as well as adhering to guidelines set by agencies that manage disability and worker’s compensation claims.
The inclinometer is a tool used by physicians, chiropractors and physical therapists that utilizes dials or digital readouts that display the angle at which the inclinometer is situated relative to the line of gravity. Studies have repeatedly shown that ROM measurements using an inclinometer prove to be more accurate and precise as well as reproducible.
An inclinometer measures an individual’s body positioning as well as stability in areas of concern, recording the slope and tilt of the joints. There are two types of inclinometers: single and dual, for which the purpose and the differences will be explained below.
A single inclinometer is placed on the body near the area that is to be measured, reading one angle measurement as well as the difference between the starting point and ending point of the inclinometer. Accurate ROM is then determined by subtracting the second measurement from the first, or, in the case of a digital inclinometer, calculated automatically.
Dual inclinometers utilize two devices for the purpose of reading two angles at the same time. Dual inclinometers can test the upper and lower spine at the same time, with one device placed on the cervical or upper thoracic areas, and the other device placed on the lumbar area.
According to the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 5th Edition protocol, the inclinometer is the preferred device in obtaining accurate, reproducible measurements. In order to adhere to these Guidelines three to six consecutive measurements must be taken and validated. A single or dual inclinometer can be used to take these measurements depending on the test and testing protocol.
Kennebec’s Range of Motion and Muscle Testing devices offer both single and dual inclinometery, a credible, established, objective and accepted method for documenting ROM and spinal function. Modular in nature, Kennebec’s devices offer options that can be tailored to your specific needs, custom built to ensure that you have the right system that works best for you. A leader in the ROM and Muscle Testing industry, Kennebec strives to provide state-of-the-art assessment systems that provide the right components for medical insurance reimbursement, proving medical necessity, and documenting loss and change in function.
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