What is a Knee To Wall Test?
The ankles are an incredibly important part of our body. They provide us with the flexibility and mobility to move around and navigate our environment, as well as help us stay balanced when we stand or walk. Without them, it would be impossible to do many everyday tasks like walking upstairs or running. Our ankles also help protect other body parts from injury by absorbing shocks that would otherwise affect joints further up in the leg.
Healthcare professionals, particularly physical therapists, assess the ankle's stability and range of motion using the. This is a simple, quick test to measure flexibility and tightness in the muscles around the ankles.
The test determines the distance between a patient’s knee and wall with their leg straight. The patient should stand with their back facing the wall, about 8 inches away, with their feet flat on the ground and hip-width apart. The patient then bends their knee toward the wall while keeping their foot flat on the ground and their shoulder blades touching it. The distance between the wall and their bent knee is then measured.
A typical result would be within 1-2 inches of the wall. If the distance is greater than 2 inches, it can indicate tightness or poor ankle flexibility and mobility.
How does this Knee To Wall Test work?
This free Knee To Wall Test provides a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide so you can accurately and effectively assess the flexibility and tightness of your patient's ankle. Here's how to get started:
Step One: Download the test
Access the free Knee To Wall Test with the link provided on this page. You can also download it from the Carepatron app or our resources library, which offers heaps of assessment tools and templates for your practice.
Step Two: Give your patient a copy
Hand your patient a copy of the Knee To Wall Test and explain how it works. Ask them to stand against the wall with their feet hip-width apart and shoulder blades touching the wall.
Step Three: Start the assessment
Instruct your patient to bend one knee towards the wall as far as possible without lifting their foot off the ground. Measure the distance between their bent knee and the wall.
Step Four: Analyze your results
If the distance exceeds 2 inches, it can indicate tightness or poor flexibility in the ankle. A typical result is typically within 1-2 inches of the wall.
Step five: Write down observations and recommendations
Record your observations and note any recommendations or exercises you might have for the patient. If necessary, refer them to a specialist for further evaluation.
Knee To Wall Test example (sample)
We have created a Knee To Wall Test example to help you better understand how this guide works. This sample provides a thorough recommendation for a patient with tightness or limited flexibility in their ankle, illustrating how the test can help evaluate the ankle's stability and range of motion. You can view the sample here or download it as a PDF.
When to use a Knee To Wall Assessment?
The Knee To Wall Test is useful for physical therapists and other healthcare professionals who want to assess their patients’ ankle mobility. You can also use this if or when:
Your patient has experienced an ankle injury
You can administer the Knee To Wall Test to determine the injury's extent and assess the patient’s range of motion. It can help you outline the best exercises and treatments for effectively treating the injury.
Your patient is experiencing difficulty with movement
If your patient is having difficulty with movement, it may be due to tightness or poor flexibility in their ankles. The Knee To Wall Test will help you evaluate the patient’s ankles to determine the best course of action.
Your patient is suffering from chronic ankle pain
Tightness or stiffness in the muscles surrounding the ankle can cause chronic ankle pain. By administering the Knee To Wall Test, you can identify the root cause of the problem and provide your patient with targeted treatments.
Your patient is having difficulty bending their ankles
The Knee To Wall Test can help you diagnose the cause of their difficulty bending their ankles. It will also provide information on improving the range of motion and reducing stiffness, tightness, or joint pain.
Who is this printable Knee To Wall Test PDF for?
This comprehensive Knee To Wall Test is perfect for a range of healthcare professionals treating patients with ankle problems. Specifically, it's a handy tool for:
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Sports medicine professionals
- Orthopedic surgeons
This test can be used in clinics, hospitals, physiotherapists, or sports medicine centers.
Why use this Knee To Wall Test app?
If you’re a physical therapist looking for an all-in-one practice management platform, Carepatron is your ideal solution! With Carepatron, you can streamline your workflow and maximize productivity with the following features:
- Appointments & Scheduling. Automate and manage patient appointments with ease. Quickly view patient availability and book appointments with a few clicks.
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We designed Carepatron to be extremely user-friendly, allowing even the most tech-averse physical therapist to navigate the platform easily. Plus, our customer support team is always available to help answer any questions.
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