What is a Shoulder Range Of Motion Chart?
A is a document practitioners can use to guide themselves or record the results of patients who undergo an examination of their shoulder’s range of motion. Typically, a shoulder range of motion chart consists only of illustrations or images of a specific movement of the shoulder that a patient must do while undergoing testing. Our take on the document, however, differs.
On our shoulder range of motion chart, you can expect to see the following:
- Basic information on the patient, examination date, and your name
- Images of the movement you must ask the patient to do to test their shoulders’ range of motion
- Inquiries of any presence of pain when doing the movement and the quality of the movement
- A dedicated space per movement for any additional observations/findings
Your shoulder joint is made-up of five joints and three bones. These include the clavicle or the collar bone, the scapula, which is your shoulder blade, and the humerus, which is the long bone in the upper arm. To move your shoulders correctly, the range depends on your muscles, ligaments, bones, and individual joints. There are also various conditions that can affect your range of motion, such as fractures, sprains, strains, arthritis, tendonitis, and contusion. X-rays, ultrasounds, and physical exams may be needed to assess the cause for the limited range of motion.
Normal Shoulder Range of Motion
There are various shoulder range of motions that you must consider.
The normal range for shoulder flexion is 180 degrees. This concerns moving your arms from palms against your body, to the highest point that you can raise your arms over your head.
The normal range is between 45 and 60 degrees. This is the highest point you can lift your arm behind your back, starting with your palms against your body.
The normal range is around 150 degrees this involves starting with your palms at the sides of your body, and placing your hands above your heads with your arms straight.
The normal range is 30 to 50 degrees depending on the flexibility of your body. This is different for everyone, because if your chest or biceps are muscular, it may be more difficult to move arms inward. But essentially, shoulder abduction is when you move arms towards the middle of your body, or if you hug yourself.
The normal range for medial rotation is 70 to 90 degrees. For this, turn your palms towards your body, bending your elbows at 90 degrees, so your hands are essentially in front of you. Keep your elbows against your body, and begin to move your forearms towards the centre of your body.
The normal range here is about 90 degrees. All you have to do is hold your elbows against your body, and swing your forearms away from your body.
If you think our version of a shoulder range of motion chart - which is more than a compilation of images - is what you need during your practice, we have good news for you. We prepared a template you can easily access and download. For instructions on how to do so, proceed to the section below.
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How does it work?
Access and Download the Template
Access and download the printable shoulder range of motion chart by doing either of the following:
- Clicking the “Download Template” or “Use this Template” button
- Searching “Shoulder Range of Motion Chart” on Carepatron’s template library on the app or website.
Conduct the Test
After filling out the basic essential information, such as the patient’s name, examination date, and your name, you may conduct the test by asking your patient to do the movements on the template one at a time.
Feel free to customize your template further before conducting the test or after if you would like to add more movements you’d like your patient to do
Write Down the Results
As soon as your patient is finished with a movement, it’s recommended that you write down the results of each movement. Specifically, it’s best to record the following:
- How far, in degrees, can they do the movement
- Absence or presence of pain
- Quality of the movement
- Any additional observations or findings
Proceed with the Next Steps (Optional)
If your patient expresses pain or their results are worrying, you must have them checked or tested to check if there are any underlying injuries.
Shoulder Range Of Motion Charts Example (sample)
Here’s a shoulder range of motion charts sample template featuring a fictional client that is downloadable as a printable PDF document. Hopefully, this will give you insight into how this assessment may look when completed.
Grab a copy of our sample for educational purposes or a reference offline by viewing the example below or clicking the “Download Example PDF” button above.
When would you use this Form?
Practitioners who specialize in checking one’s shoulder, such as physical therapists, orthopedic doctors/therapists, sports medicine physicians, and general physicians, may use the shoulder range of motion chart template when:
- They are checking for underlying injuries or conditions a patient may have
- The patient is about to participate in a sport or work in a profession wherein movement of shoulder muscles is heavily involved
- The patient feels the following symptoms: can’t move shoulder/arm, numbness in one’s shoulder/arm, severe pain in one’s shoulder/arm
Quick Assessment Tool
Checking one’s shoulder range of motion is one of the quickest assessments a practitioner can do to check if there’s anything the patient must be concerned about. It can be added to a routine check-up for health reasons or even during a physical examination when the patient expresses pain in the shoulder or arm.
Gain Insight into Your Patient’s Condition
The template can be used as a jumping-off point to a conversation, especially if the patient does the movement requested but feels pain, exerts too much/little effort, or can’t reach the maximum extent.
Establish Baselines for Comparison Later On
Though the examples above point toward first visits, the template can be used as a baseline document. With the information on the template, the practitioner can see the effectiveness of the treatment plan provided to the patient and adjust accordingly.
Our free shoulder range of motion chart was designed to be used by different professionals, not limited to specialists. Though a licensed physical therapist or occupational therapist is recommended to conduct the test, general and sports medicine physicians can also use the template during a quick check-over of their patients.
Research & Evidence
Though no studies or evidence prove that a shoulder range of motion chart is useful, it’s well-known that one must do a shoulder range of motion exam on the patient to ensure their safety and health. And like all tools, charts, diagrams, or documents where one takes notes, our template’s usefulness will also depend on how and when the practitioner will use it.
Why use Carepatron as your Shoulder Range Of Motion app?
It’s because practitioners who are most likely to use the shoulder range of motion template, like physical therapists, can also benefit from the features and tools available on Carepatron. And if you’re a shoulder specialist, you can benefit from using Carepatron too!
With Carepatron’s software and device-friendly app, you can download, complete, and store your shoulder range of motion template and much more. Automate tasks and streamline processes such as:
Have control over your schedule. Give patients the autonomy to request appointments during their free time. Easily view all approved requests on your Google/iCal calendar and our built-in calendar by turning on the sync feature. Then, to reduce no-shows, set up automated reminders to be sent to patients via email or SMS.
Managing Clinical Documents
Everything you’ll ever need to produce and transfer medical documents to create notes is on Carepatron. With over 1000 downloadable, editable, and printable templates of medical tests and documents and a copier, you can save time on creating these important documents from scratch. Furthermore, keeping a digital copy can easily store these records on Carepatron’s secure, HIPAA-compliant storage.
Handling Online Payments
Provide patients with easier payment options, remind them of their due, automate invoice creation, and process payments with Carepatron. Our features allow you and your staff to be paid on time without the hassle of contacting your patients who haven’t paid yet.
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