Lower Extremity Range of Motion

QUESTION: Range of motion in the lower extremity is graded according to the process and criteria specified in Section 16.7 (pp. 543–551). Lower extremity impairment may be evaluated by assessing the range of motion of the involved joints. It is recognized that pain and motivation may affect the measurements, since active range of motion depends on patient participation. If the examiner believes that there is an organic basis (a true clinical condition) for the restricted range of motion, then:

ANSWER: b. the examiner should perform three measurements of range of motion and use the greatest range measured for grade modifier determination

RATIONALE: Range of motion of the joints in the lower extremity may be assessed as a method of determining a physical examination grade modifier, if it is clear to the examiner that there is a clinical reason...

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