Active cervical and lumbar range of motion during performance of activities of daily living in healthy young adults.
Limitations of cervical or lumbar range of motion (ROM) can result in a disability to perform activities during daily life (ADL).
The purpose of this observational cohort study is to provide insight in the way the spine moves during ADL by investigating average cervical and lumbar ROM during ADLs. In order to do this, ten healthy young (mean age 22.8) adults had to execute 16 ADLs while 3D kinematics were recorded by an 8-camera optical motion capture system.
In most of the measures activities only 20-40% of available cervical ROM and 40-60% of available lumbar ROM was used. Activities involving concurrent cervical and lumbar motion resulted in the greatest total motion. The limitation of this study was the use of healthy adults.
Previous studies have concluded that there is a weak or nonexistent relation between lumbar ROM and functional ability in patients with CLBP > From Cobian et al., Spine (Phila Pa 1976) (2013) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
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