Question:I have heard of range-of-motion exercises, but what are they? Do they make a joint stronger?
Answer:Range-of-motion exercises are exercises given to a patient following an injury, surgery, or procedure on a joint that may affect how well the joint can move.
The way you can move your shoulder, for example, provides you with and example of a range of motion. If you can move your arm in all the ways it is intended, you have a good range of motion. However, someone who has pain may not be able to move the arm as well. This is a restricted range of motion.
Physiotherapists provide ROM exercises to help enlarge that target range or to keep the current range from getting smaller.Kenneth E. Davis, MS, et al. The Importance of Range of Motion after Total Hip Arthroplasty. In Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. December 2007. Vol. 465. Pp. 180-184.
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