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Immediate response of glenohumeral abduction range of motion to a caudally directed translational mobilization: a fresh cadaver simulation.
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PMID:  11083357     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the immediate effect of caudal glide translational mobilization on the range of motion (ROM) of passive glenohumeral abduction with a fresh cadaver model to simulate the mobilization movement performed by a physical therapist treating patients with glenohumeral hypomobility.
DESIGN: Mechanical simulation of caudal glide mobilization and abduction torque range of motion (TROM) measurement of the glenohumeral joint with 2 material testing systems. Mobilizations were conducted with the glenohumeral joint positioned at a resting position (IGR) and at the end range of abduction (IGE).
SETTING: Biomechanics laboratory.
CADAVERS: Twenty fresh shoulder specimens from 10 cadavers (mean age, 68 +/- 8 yr).
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Changes in TROM of the glenohumeral abduction in response to 5 bouts of caudal glide mobilization.
RESULTS: At least 3 repetitions of TROM were required to attain consistent measurements on glenohumeral abduction ROM. Significant differences were found among changes in TROM because of rest, IGR, and IGE (Kruskal-Wallis statistics, (chi2 = 14.58, p = .001). A greater increase in glenohumeral abduction TROM was found after IGE (mean +/- standard error of the mean, 4.38 degrees +/- 0.95 degrees) compared with the rest control (0.03 degrees +/- 0.07 degrees; Mann-Whitney test, p = .001, alpha = .017) or its IGR counterpart (0.26 degrees +/- 0.46 degrees, p = .001, alpha = .017).
CONCLUSION: This simulation of caudal glide translational mobilization at the end range using cadaver models improved passive glenohumeral abduction ROM but was ineffective when performed with the shoulder placed in a resting position. The mechanical responses of the glenohumeral joint to translational mobilization in a live patient may be similar, but some caution should be used in generalizing these findings.
A T Hsu; L Ho; S Ho; T Hedman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation     Volume:  81     ISSN:  0003-9993     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Phys Med Rehabil     Publication Date:  2000 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-11-17     Completed Date:  2000-12-14     Revised Date:  2013-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985158R     Medline TA:  Arch Phys Med Rehabil     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1511-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Physical Therapy, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, ROC.
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MeSH Terms
Humerus / physiology*
Models, Biological*
Range of Motion, Articular / physiology*
Reproducibility of Results
Shoulder Joint / injuries,  physiology*

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