Measuring scapular motion in all planes had been somewhat limited in the clinical setting until a recent study published by a team of researchers, led by Dr. Tim Uhl, Professor and Director of Musculoskeletal Laboratory at the University of Kentucky. The study focused on the validity of using EasyAngle as an assessment tool for measuring scapular mobility.
Measurements of upward rotation can be taken with an electronic inclinometer, however, reliable measurements in the transverse plane were only possible using bone-pin’s and radiograph/MRI or by 3D motion and video analysis. These systems are expensive and not commonly available in clinics. Dr. Uhl had been looking for a tool to easily measure the shoulder in all three planes in a normal clinical setting. He saw the EasyAngle being demonstrated at the Combined Sections meeting in 2018 and decided to take it back to the lab for some testing.
We were privileged to have the opportunity to visit the University of Kentucky’s Lexington to meet with Nicole Casia, MAT, LAT, ATC, CES and PHD Research Assistant. Nicole kindly demonstrated the protocols for measuring the scapula in all three planes with arm elevation.