Goniometry: Shoulder Abduction

Anatomical Movement

Shoulder abduction

Testing position

Patient is supine with palm facing upwards and wrist in supination.

To start the test arm is to be by the patient's side

Goniometer Placement

AXIS LOCATION STATIONARY ARM MOVEMENT ARM
inferior lateral coracoid process parallel with the trunk in line with the mid line of the humerus

Expected Findings

Expected range of motion is 90 degrees of pure, glenohumeral joint range, 150 degrees of unrestricted shoulder girdle range.[1]

References

  1. Norkin CC, White DJ. Measurement of joint motion: a guide to goniometry. FA Davis; 2016 Nov 18.