Researchers at the Sports Trauma Research Center at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet have just had a study published on reliability of using EasyAngle to measure knee joint range of motion. Traditional goniometers are difficult to use and this results in many therapists “eye-balling” to estimate ROM rather than quantifying angles with accurate measurements. When EasyAngle was launched in 2016, this changed the game for physical therapists giving them a tool that would allow them to quickly and accurately measure range of motion with at a hand free to support the patient.
With physical therapy, patient goals are functional rather than quantitive. Good range of motion is required for normal activities of daily life, like walking, climbing stairs, tying your shoe laces etc. When patients present for treatment, it is the functional goal that they are focused on, however, the quantification of the ROM gives a baseline as to their current status as well as a marker for progress as they move through their rehabilitation. Range of motion is also important for athletes, with a few degrees of improvement having the possibility of increasing performance. Limited ROM in athletes can also result in injury.