Practice Forum| Volume 24, ISSUE 4, P374-377, October 2011

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A Technique for Graphical Recording of Range of Motion Using an Improvised Paper Goniometer

  • Valdas Macionis
    Correspondence and reprint requests to Valdas Macionis, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Vilnius University Hospital, Zygimantu 3/1, Vilnius LT-01102, Lithuania.
    Clinic of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Traumatology, and Reconstructive Surgery, Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius, Lithuania
    Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Centre of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos, Vilnius, Lithuania
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      Clinicians frequently use finger goniometers to measure joint range of motion (ROM) in the digits. Other methods of depicting finger ROM can be beneficial in situations where therapists may not have access to finger goniometers, patients want to self-assess ROM, or therapists want to visually and graphically see composite ROM in the digits. This author describes a technique to obtain diagrams of hand joint angles by using an improvised goniometer made from paper.—Victoria Priganc, PhD, OTR, CHT, CLT, Practice Forum Editor
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