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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 40-44

Normal cervical spine range of motion using digital inclinometer in male asymptomatic subjects of Aseer, Saudi Arabia


Department of Medical Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Khalid University, Abha, KSA

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Dr. Khalid A Alahmari
Department of Medical Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Khalid University, Abha
KSA
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-6308.197469

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Background: Various studies determined the normal cervical spine range of motion (ROM) of a large group of patients with diverse socioeconomic and ethnic background and varying degree of routine daily activities. The purpose of this investigation was to quantify normal cervical ROM in male asymptomatic subjects of Aseer Region, Saudi Arabia. Methodology: Two hundred and thirty-three asymptomatic subjects with age group of 10-80 years participated in the study. Digital goniometer was used to measure the ROM of the cervical spine. This tool was employed in a clinical setting to evaluate the full active ROM (AROM) of the cervical spine (i.e., flexion/extension, lateral bending, and axial rotation). All the subjects were divided into seven groups in terms of age (10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70-80 years) and the cervical ROM was determined. Six cervical movements (i.e., flexion/extension, lateral bending, and axial rotation) of five groups were analyzed and each of the six cervical AROMs decreased significantly with age. Results: All the cervical ranges decreased as the age increased. The maximum cervical range was recorded in cervical rotation left (71.81 ± 8.75°), followed by rotation right (70.58 ± 5.83°), extension (68.42 ± 10.30°), flexion (66.96 ± 8.62°), left side bending (54.62 ± 7.13°), and right side bending (52.69 ± 7.32°). Conclusion: Normal database of normal cervical ROM from age group of 10-80 years was established in male asymptomatic population of Aseer Region, Saudi Arabia.


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